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Shots Fired Outside Joliet Central Puts High School into Lockdown

Police confirm there was an altercation that resulted in a gun being fired but no one was injured, the school district said.

Joliet Central High School went into lockdown Monday afternoon after a staff member reported hearing gun fire outside the school, Joliet Township School District 204 officials said.

The incident took place shortly after 4 p.m., and everyone inside the building were prohibited from leaving to allow police to investigate, according to a press release issued by the district. There were no injuries and while police have confirmed that there was an altercation that resulted in one gun shot, there have been no arrests made yet.

The school building at 201 E. Jefferson St. was reopened at about 4:40 p.m., the release said.

Parents of students who attend both and high schools received a phone call with the following message:

"This is Joliet Township High School calling with important information. At 4:05 p.m. today, a staff member reported hearing gun fire outside the Central Campus.

"The immediately responded and Joliet Central High School was placed on lockdown. The perimeter of Joliet Central High School was secured, all JTHS procedures were followed and athletes and students were placed in safe locations.

"At 4:40 p.m. the lockdown at Joliet Central High School ended and students were released safely. No one was injured or hurt.

"We have been able to confirm that a confrontation did occur outside of the Joliet Central High School building and that at least 1 gun shot was fired.  Joliet Township High School continues to cooperate with the Joliet Police Department with this is an ongoing investigation.

"There will be an increased police presence in and around the Joliet Central High School Campus tomorrow. Metal detecting will occur tomorrow morning as students enter the building and Joliet Central High School will continue to practice all safety procedures to ensure a safe learning environment."

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DRECKS August 28, 2012 at 02:07 AM
By the time this story gets around it will be "someone shot and killed inside the school, and every student at JT is a banger and carries a weapon. Happens every day!!" Be glad the school has safety procedures. It can happen anywhere.
Infamous Steve August 28, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I just wish people knew how to act right....I don't like your shoes...I must shoot you now. Or maybe we need people like that to keep our population in check!
o August 28, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It's the judges letting them off is what the true problem is in Will County. The police can keep rounding them up but the judges keep letting them go or only giving light sentences.
Tracey Whitfield- Schell August 28, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Afte receiving a letter that JTHS had also failed it's states testing for the last FIVE years and students have an option to go to another school because of it's failing yar after year with no bright light at the end of the tunnel, this doesn't surprise me at all! Back to the country it was for us!
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