UPDATE 12:15 p.m.
A local juvenile, described as a person of interest, has been detained, according to local authorities. Schools are being given the all clear signal. District officials say they take each threat seriously.
Police Chief Kenny Winslow says it’s “not a joke, not a prank.” He says those responsible will be held accountable.
1. Franklin Middle School has now received the all clear to return to school.
2. We are asking parents to allow students to remain at evacuation sites at this time.
From Springfield police: The Springfield Police Department is working in conjunction with District 186 to fully investigate the below incidents. Investigators and canine units are onsite conducting thorough investigations and assisting with Districts 186’s response plan, ensuring the safety and security of the students and faculty. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
From District 186:
We are currently responding to bomb threats at Franklin Middle School, Lanphier High School, Southeast High School and Springfield High School. The threats began via phone calls at approximately 8:40 AM this morning.
Students and staff at each building are safe, but all schools are being evacuated to sites off campus out of an abundance of caution.
We are cooperating with police in searches at all schools.
Franklin Middle School is being evacuated to Southside Christian Church.
Southeast High School is being evacuated to Abundant Faith Church.
High School is being evacuated to Caritas Hall.
Springfield High School is being evacuated to Westminster Presbyterian Church.
We are notifying parents via automated calls and text message.