A round of ammunition that was found this morning on a school bus in the Jersey Community School District prompted a brief school lockdown. A district official said Jersey Community High School, Illini Middle School and Grafton Elementary Schools were locked down this morning as a precaution although no threat was made to the district.
The lockdown was lifted before 9am and classes resumed as normal. Jerseyville and Grafton Police are reportedly investigating the discovery. The school district issued a statement this afternoon thanking law enforcement for their quick response to the incident.
Here is the message sent out to district staff from Superintendent Hopkins earlier today:
This morning, JCHS, Illini and Grafton Elementary were placed on lock down due to an ammunition round found on a bus. No threats were made. Jerseyville and Grafton Police officers arrived at each school and -- along with administrators -- building checks were completed and appropriate lock down procedures were followed. Following a check of student riders and buildings, an all-clear was given and the lock down was lifted at approximately 8:52a.
The coordination between law enforcement and District 100 was outstanding. I appreciate the work of the entire Jersey 100 community who followed protocol and worked together for the safety and security of our students.
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