Oak Park and River Forest High School was placed on a soft lockdown Wednesday after several administrators received a threatening email, the school said.
The school was placed on lockdown around 9:30 A.M. local time. No one is allowed in or out of the building until the lockdown is officially lifted.
According to the school, police are on the scene investigating to determine whether or not it is a credible threat. Students and outdoor camps are being held in classrooms.
All 10:15 and afternoon summer school classes have been cancelled for Wednesday and the school is asking parents and guardians not to come to the school.
Parents and guardians may go to Ridgeland Commons to wait to be allowed on campus when students are released, the school said.
No other details were immediately available.
Oak Park and River Forest High School
Oak Park and River Forest High School, or OPRF, is a public four-year high school located in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. It is the only school of Oak Park and River Forest District 200.
The school was founded in 1873 and the current building was opened in 1907. A comprehensive college preparatory school, OPRF has had a long history of not only turning out alumni who have made contributions in a wide variety of fields, but have consistently been eminently notable in their fields. Perhaps the most notable is Nobel Prize– and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Ernest Hemingway, whose writing career began at the school.
Today, the school serves nearly 3,100 students.