All-Clear Issued at LZHS

Suspicious package was an empty video camera case.

 The all-clear has been issued at following an investigation into a suspicious package found outside the main entrance.

Jean Malek, director of communications and community relations for the district, said the bomb squad arrived at 8:50 a.m. today and it was determined that the suspicious package was an empty video camera case.

Classes are set to resume at 10 a.m., said Malek.


Here is our previous story from this morning:

are investigating a suspicious package at .

Cmdr. David Bradstreet said police were called to the scene at 5:59 a.m. following a report of a "suspicious briefcase-type package" near the upper lot of the high school. Police officials summoned a bomb squad from the Waukegan Fire Department to the scene.

Fire Chief Dave Wheelock said the was called to the scene, where they remain in a supporting role.

Students who are arriving at the high school for classes are being gathered in the cafeteria, which is far from the location of the package, said Jean Malek, director of communications and community relations for .

"We are in an incident command structure," Malek said, adding that the district is taking direction from public safety officials. She's unsure of when classes will resume at the high school.

"It's going to be a wait-and-see, depending on when we get the all-clear," said Malek.

Stay tuned to Lake Zurich Patch for further updates as they become available.

Editor's note: Thank you to reporter Melanie Santostefano for contributing to this report.

Jen November 28, 2011 at 05:16 PM
After reading this, I am absolutely furious! This article reports that the school officials and local law enforcement knew of the threat at 5:59 am. This is about an hour before the buses begin to pick up students to bring them to school. So, let me make sure I understand this correctly. You, district 95, picked up my high-schooler from the safety of his home, and brought him and a bus-load of his peers to a building which, to the best of your knowledge, could be armed with a life-threatening weapon. You purposefully brought my child in harms way without warning me, his parent. You also allowed other parents to drop their child off, after which you quickly and quietly ushered that child to the cafeteria. Again, without notifying the parent. You should be thanking your lucky stars that this suspicious package was so benign. You should also be rethinking your crisis policies. There was no reason for so many kids to be in such close proximity to the threat of harm.
nikki November 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM
waiting in a cafeteria for two hours with a bunch of people is annoying.
Say it isn't so November 29, 2011 at 03:13 AM
Jen gotta point............
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way November 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Clearly, The Patch has no sense of humor...
Cindy Craig December 07, 2011 at 10:33 PM
I agree with Jen that the students shouldn't have been in the building and that chould have been avoided. My kids hadn't left home yet though when we got a call from the school so they stayed home. I thought the school communicated a lot as I received several emails and voice mails throughout the morning.


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