Barrington District 220 officials have increased security at all its schools this week while police continue to investigate a threat that canceled a high school dance and basketball game this weekend.
Spokesman Jeff Arnett said Barrington police have interviewed students as part of their probe into a threat that someone was going to bring a gun to Saturday night’s Barrington High School dance.
“There’s a small subset of students they are focusing on,” Arnett said.
Police Chief Jerry Libit could not immediately be reached for comment Monday morning.
Besides the dance, with a theme that spoofed the Mayan Calendar end of the world prediction, a girls basketball game was canceled Saturday, Arnett said. No other events, or Monday’s school schedule have been affected.
While there are extra police officers at all Barrington 220 schools, he said that already was planned after Friday’s mass school shooting in Connecticut.
“There’s always a fear of copycat situations,” Arnett said. Staff is also reviewing security policies and procedures, he said, and counselors are available for the entire district community.
While some parents decided to keep their children home Monday because of the Connecticut shooting and the gun threat, absentee rates aren’t that much higher than a typical school day, Arnett said.
“What we’ve said to parents who have expressed concerns is our schools are safer today…because everyone is more observant and more aware of the risk,” he said.
Any updates and conclusions to the threat investigation is expected to be posted on the district’s website: barrington220.org.