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Update on Threat at Niles West

Niles West Principal Karen Ritter sent the following note to Niles West parents and families the morning of November 20, 2019:

Dear Niles West Parents and Families,

I am writing you to provide an update on the email I sent out Monday evening, November 18, 2019, regarding the potential threat to the school on social media (Yolo/Snapchat). 

Some of your children have shared a screenshot of the original message with you. We recognize that the post had specific and alarming information. We acted swiftly with the Skokie Police Department, and the student was identified and interviewed by police that same day. They have advised us that there is no evidence of a credible threat.

Many students have reported that this message has been modified, reposted, and is still circulating among students. We have asked students to stop sharing the post, and we have notified them that they may be subject to school discipline and legal consequences should they indicate involvement in this situation. 

We continue to work closely with the Skokie Police Department to ensure the safety of our students. We have increased police presence for the remainder of this week as an extra safety measure. If you have a child who needs to talk more about this or needs more support, please do not hesitate to direct them to Student Services.

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal