Gun scare causes brief security alert at two Carpentersville schools
By Dave Gathman firstname.lastname@example.org October 16, 2013 3:36PM
Updated: November 18, 2013 7:47AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — An emergency “shelter in place” was imposed on Dundee-Crown High School and Perry Elementary School late Wednesday morning, but the “man with a gun” situation that provoked it turned out to be unfounded.
Carpentersville Police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart said the incident began about 11:15 a.m. when a woman called 911 about a domestic situation with her boyfriend in the Foxview Apartments complex, which is close to the two schools. “The jilted girlfriend commented that her boyfriend might have a gun,” Bosshart said.
He said the woman really meant that the boyfriend might own a gun. But a high-ranking police official listening to that information over the radio thought that meant the man was armed with a gun right then.
So as a precaution, that official notified Community Unit School District 300’s safety officer, and the safety officer declared that DCHS and Perry should be put into “shelter in place” status.
“During a shelter in place, students and staff continue to move around inside the building,” District 300 spokeswoman Allison Strupeck said. “But nobody is allowed to go in or out.” That differs from a “lockdown,” in which the danger to a school is considered so great that students are held inside their classrooms.
Strupeck said police soon realized that there really was no danger, and the “shelter in place” was canceled about 15 minutes after it was imposed.
Bosshart said officers sent to Foxview found the boyfriend to be unarmed and were able to resolve the domestic argument without anyone being arrested.
“In this incident, somebody literally jumped the gun,” he said.