Prairie Grove Schools Placed on Lockdown Friday

Lockdown was brief, and students were released from school a short time later.


The acting in cooperation with Wisconsin police, ordered a lockdown at on Friday afternoon.

Prairie Grove Police, assisted by the McHenry County Sheriff's Department, instigated the lockdown at 3:09 p.m. at Prairie Grove's two schools, located at 3223 Route 176, at the request of police agencies responding to a bank robbery in Walworth County, Wisc.

According to a letter posted by District 46 Superintendent Lynette Zimmer on the district website, Prairie Grove police received notice that a bank robber was shot in Walworth County, Wis., and threats allegedly had been made against his daughter, a student at the school.

Prairie Grove Officer Jim Page said police ordered the lockdown as a precautionary measure to ensure that the student was in protective custody.

"At no time was there any danger to students or faculty," said Prairie Grove Officer Jim Page.

"The (other) police department just wanted us to have the lockdown until we made sure this one child was safe. There was a brief lockdown, and students were released with minimal interruption to their schedule," Page said.

Fortunately, students at the elementary and junior high schools had just practiced a lockdown drill this morning, Page said. He commended school officials for properly handling the real lockdown when ordered Friday afternoon.

Zimmer stated the lockdown was lifted at 3:35 p.m. after school offiicials received an all-clear from police. 

Prairie Grove School District 46 is composed of two schools, an elementary and a junior high, housing approximately 1,000 students, the district website states.
A parent August 25, 2012 at 04:08 AM
The children and staff were awesome. When released, all of the children were calm which shows that the staff were calm and comforting/reassuring to the children. Kudos to the staff at Prairie Grove Elementary School


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