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Superintendent Crandall on school threat closure in Two Harbors

Dr. William Crandall is superintendent for ISD 166 and 381, which includes the Two Harbors High School. Image by ISD 381
Dr. William Crandall is superintendent for ISD 166 and 381, which includes the Two Harbors High School. Image by ISD 381

Two Harbors High School was closed on Thursday, September 19, after school staff heard about a possible threat.

Dr. Bill Crandall, superintendent of School District 381, as well as Cook County’s School District 166, said that Two Harbors High School Principal Jay Belcastro, heard a rumor about a threat early that morning. Principal Belcastro informed Crandall, and based on what they knew, they decided to close the school for the day.

The district, along with the Lake County Sheriff's office, conducted an investigation. There was no credible threat, according to Crandall. There was never any gun on school property or in possession of a student. No arrests were made, which was part of the rumor, Crandall added.

Families found out through the school district all-call system. The building reopened at the end of the day for after school activities.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Superintendent Crandall about the incident and about school policies in these cases.
 

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