Barrington police deem gun threat baseless, high school reschedules dance
Updated: January 28, 2013 2:43PM
BARRINGTON — The Barrington High School dance that was cancelled last weekend due to rumors an individual planned to bring a weapon to the event has been rescheduled for Jan. 26.
In light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Barrington District 220 officials explained that they deemed it necessary to take extra precautions related to student safety. The dance was rescheduled after police and school officials determined the threat was baseless.
“It was not substantiated,” said Jeff Arnett, chief communications officer for the district. “When they got to the bottom of it, they determined the threat had no credibility.”
Arnett reported that police interviewed several students during the investigation.
“The challenge was the high school didn’t know about the threat until mid-morning,” said Arnett, explaining that police and school officials did not have much time to investigate the rumor before the dance.
Arnett said students have resumed ticket sales for next month’s dance.
“Hopefully, it will go on as planned,” he said.