Skokie IL April 20 2017
Two students were planning to commit a school shooting "in the near future" at a middle school in north suburban Skokie, police announced Wendesday.
Officials from McCracken Middle School contacted Skokie police Wednesday morning about 10:37 a.m., police said in a news release, to inform them of the plan. The two students, who are both juveniles, are in police custody, according to authorities. Three other students, who were suspected of knowing about the alleged plan, were interviewed and released to their parents.
School District 73.5 officials are working with the Skokie Police Department in the investigation.
Police say the threat is “no longer viable” and no details would be released at this time.
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McCracken was closed briefly in 2014 after threats were made toward students on Instagram.
Anyone with information or details related to the incident is encouraged to contact Skokie police by calling 847-933-TIPS.