Staff, Students At East And West Leyden High Schools Stay Home For E-Learning After Social Media Threats

Jennifer Keiper
September 26, 2019 - 9:57 am
East Leyden High School

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two high schools in the west suburbs are operating on an E-Learning schedule Thurday, as police investigate social media threats. 

Leyden High School District 212 Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak said East Leyden High School in Franklin Park and West Leyden High School in Northlake will have an “e-learning day” on Thursday due to the threats. He told WBBM Newsradio the decision was made after various social media threats were made - a lot of them were related to Tuesday's incident at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, he said.

During e-leanring days, students and staff stay home and classes are held online.

“We take the safety of our students and school community very seriously. We would like to create some time and space for our local law enforcement professionals to look into these issues,” Polyak said in a letter to parents.

The superintendent said the district would decide later on Thursday whether or not Friday would be an e-learning day as well.

East Leyden High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning and and students were later sent home early, after a fight broke out between two students, one who police said stabbed another in the neck. 

The victim was taken to the hospital, underwent surgery, and is expected to recover.  The other student was immediately taken into custody and the investigation continues.

While Polyak tod WBBM Newsradio there is no concern about the school buildings, they decided to keep students at home to give police the opportunity to investigate and track-down those who posted threats.