On Thursday, August 22, 2019, at approximately 8:30 am, the Boone County 911 Center received a 911 call from an individual who referenced a safety concern at Belvidere North High School. Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies along with School Administrators responded to the concern and the school was immediately placed on lockdown. The School District sent out information as soon as it was possible advising parents on the situation.
Note: We have been told the threat was a student who posted a threat on a social media platform threatening to shoot another student those around her. But police have yet to confirm this, but the video has been shared numerous times on social media sites.
Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies secured the building as Sheriff’s Detectives began to investigation. Deputies along with several officers from Belvidere Police, Illinois State Police, Rockford Police, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and the Secretary of State assisted with various tasks. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the jurisdictions that assisted during this emergency.
Securing the school was done in a calm and orderly fashion. The students and staff at Belvidere North High School are to be commended on their patience, calmness and professionalism during this very stressful event. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the parents for being patient and understanding while law enforcement and school officials secured the school and create a safe environment. Lastly, the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media for getting the information out to the public as soon as possible.
These type of threats are taken very seriously by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and Belvidere School District 100. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone having information on this or any crime to call 815-544-2144 or Boone County Crime Stoppers at 815-544-7867.
The Boone County Sheriff wants to update you on a situation that is happening at Belvidere North High School. Boone County 911 received a call about a safety concern regarding the school. School administration partnered with local law enforcement to investigate the matter immediately. Currently schools in the area are on lockdown and surrounding roads have been closed until the investigation can be completed.
We will update parents as we have more information. Thank you for your patience and concern.
Initial reports were saying there was a fire alarm and an active shooter situation (2 shooters) inside the school and teachers and students have barricaded themselves inside the school. You can see chairs and other items blocking entrances to classrooms.
The police have the area blocked off, numerous police from several agencies on scene.
The police said everything is calm and no need to worry.
No reports of gunfire or injuries.
Everyone is asked to stage at the Shopko
Note: Years ago there was an active shooter incident where the students pulled the fire alarm to get the students to come outside, and then they shot the students as they exited for the fire alarm.