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Jacquelyn Schlabach, Editor
12:12 pm CST January 23, 2019

Students at Central Middle School in Community Consolidated School District 146 in Tinley Park were given the all-clear by police to return to school after they were evacuated to Memorial School the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 23, following a bomb threat that was found written on a bathroom wall.

According to Assistant Village Manager and Director of Emergency Management Pat Carr, the Tinley Park Police Department received a call from the school around 10 a.m. about a note found on a wall.

Carr said that the school district sent out an email and made a phone call to parents to let them know of the situation.

Police arrived at the school within minutes after receiving the call, and Central Middle School evacuated its students to Memorial School.

According to Central Middle School’s Facebook page, the school believed the threat was not credible, but “in the interest of safety” the students were moved to Memorial.

In an another post, the school said that parents could pick up their children by coming to the front door at Memorial School with identification and sign out their children, but “Students who are not picked up will return to Central Middle School when police give the all-clear signal.”

School is to be dismissed at 2:55 p.m., and all afternoon busses are to be available to bring students at Central home. All after-school and evening events at Central have been cancelled, according to D146. 

According to a statement released by District 146 Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stawick, the Tinley Park Police Department and Central Middle School administration have "begun a rigorous investigation to identify the identity of the person that made the threat."