The Barrington Police Department will increase patrols at the high school today, Dec. 21, because of rumors that spread Thursday, Dec. 20, about a former student threatening to do some type of harm there.
The rumors appear unsubstantiated at this time, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross late Thursday afternoon. An investigation found only that the student made a comment or comments on Facebook that seemed to imply he might harm himself, LaCross said.
The police chief said yesterday that he was very concerned about feeding into possible hysteria based on rumors. But if anyone has solid information that the police should know about, LaCross said, he urged them to contact the police department immediately.
Given the rumors, however, BHS Principal Joseph Hurley sent out an email to parents and guardians about 3:45 pm on Thursday. It reads:
“Today several rumors began to spread regarding a student who was planning to do harm to the students and staff at Barrington High School. The Barrington police have been notified of this concern and have been to the student’s house, speaking to both the student and his parents. The student in question no longer attends Barrington High School.
“To ensure the safety of all students and staff at BHS, I have been in contact with Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. In order to calm the concerns of our school community, it has been determined that we will increase the presence of the police department throughout the day tomorrow (Dec. 21).
“The safety and security of the students and staff at Barrington High School is always our number one priority. Please trust that we will remain diligent in our duties to ensure a safe school environment for all of our children.”