District 158 Superintendent John Burkey and Huntley High School Principal Dave Johnson sent out the following message to parents on Wednesday:
We are writing to inform you that there are non-credible rumors regarding a possible gun threat to Huntley High School on Friday of this week. Because these rumors continue to multiply on social media, we are sending this to the entire district, even if you do not have children in the high school.
In the aftermath of tragedies such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last week, rumors and copycat threats tend to emerge. Similar rumors have already occurred in several other districts in our area. There has also been much discussion in popular media surrounding the Mayan calendar in regards to December 21, and it is believed that this is why this date has been mentioned in various rumors in other districts as well as here.
The high school administration, as well as the Huntley Police Department, have been thoroughly investigating this rumor and it has not been found to be credible. However, as a precautionary measure there will be increased police presence at our high school throughout the week. Our intent is not to heighten any anxiety. The opposite is true. We want to assure you that our normal school schedule will continue and we do not believe there is any danger. We are fully aware of the rumor and will continue to investigate it, and we are taking precautions for our students’ continued safety.
John Burkey, Superintendent; Dave Johnson, Huntley High School Principal
Source: District 158 website