Dunlap schools on soft lock-down Friday

By WEEK Reporter

February 15, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:46 AM CDT

DUNLAP, Ill. -- Following Thursday night's homicide in North Peoria, Dunlap schools were on a "soft lock-down" Friday.

Students at the district's three elementary schools were not allowed to go outside for recess and all of the doors were locked.

Dunlap School Superintendent Jay Marino said he received e-mails from some parents concerned about safety in the wake of a shooting so close to the schools.

"One of the things that we wanted to do is try to be very transparent with our parents. We didn't want children coming home from school today and say we were on lock-down today and not have parents with that same information," Marino said.

Dunlap schools are closed Monday for President's Day.

Superintendent Marino said it is too early to determine if the soft lock-down procedures will continue when students return on Tuesday.

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