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Lincoln-Way Central High School was on a soft lockdown on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 30. The school was in soft lockdown for “minutes” until the situation was resolved, District Spokeswoman Jen Hannon wrote in an email. She also wrote that the school is back to a normal school day.
Will County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Kathy Hoffmeyer later added that the school was on its soft lockdown for less than five minutes.
The Will County Forest Preserve received a phone call about an armed individual in the Hickory Creek Preserve - Hickory Creek Barrens, which turned out to be a large cellphone on the individual's hip, Lt. at the Forest Preserve of Will County Police Dave Barios said. The forest preserve is across from LW Central's campus.
The incident occurred on Schoolhouse Road, north of Route 30 and near, but not in the forest preserve. Hoffmeyer added that the man was out for a walk.
Barios said they advised a soft lockdown, until the matter was resolved.
“The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority,” Hannon wrote in an email. “We appreciate the Will County Sheriff’s Department for their quick response.”