By Todd Wineburner
Parents were warned early this morning about increased security at Prairie Central High School, but the latest reports indicate that no incidents have occurred. The action at the school stems from a Facebook page created by a person claiming to be a new student at Prairie Central. P.C. Superintendent Dr. John Capasso describes the posts on the page as "rambling," and says they're difficult to classify. They were brought to the attention of school officials, though, because some of the posts did contain vague references to infamous acts of school violence.
Capasso says none of the posts contained direct threats to the school or anyone in it, but school officials decided to take no chances. Teachers and other staff members were asked to be exceptionally vigilant and Fairbury police officers were assigned to the school. Those officers will remain on duty tomorrow (Wednesday), and school officials hope that the long holiday weekend will calm the situation.
Capasso says the author of the posts is still unknown and that police are investigating. Should the individual be identified, Capasso says punishment will likely fall outside of the school's disciplinary authority and will be handled by law enforcement.
Students were asked to leave book bags in their lockers, which is standard policy at Prairie Central, but the additional step of requiring that purses be left in lockers was also imposed.