Morton High School placed on lock down following bomb threat

By WEEK Producer

May 21, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Morton High School was placed on hard lock down on Tuesday morning following a "threat of violence".

Morton School District Superintendent Lindsey Hall says the lock down was instituted around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday after the administration was made aware of a handwritten bomb threat. She says that a student was in custody by 11 a.m.

Under the direction of Morton Police, the school transitioned to a soft lock down just after 11 a.m. and 15 minutes later the school was given an "all clear" status and the lock down was released.

Operations returned to normal and students completed the school day and final exams.

In an email to parents, Hall commended the Morton Police Department for their quick actions and staff and students for their professionalism, tact and calm demeanor.