(KMOV) – An O’Fallon, Ill. school was put on lock down after a student was linked to bomb-making materials found off campus Wednesday afternoon.
O’Fallon Police Chief John Betten told News 4 authorities received information from the St. Clair Co. Sheriff’s Dept. that bomb-making materials were found at a residence outside O’Fallon city limits.
Authorities said investigators were called to the scene and linked a male student of O’Fallon Township High School to the materials.
Betten told News 4 about 10 officers went to the school, identified the student and took him and four other males into custody for questioning. School officials saidt he students were cooperative with police.
The school was put on a precautionary lock down while officials investigated a possible threat. No suspicious items or packages were found on school grounds and the lockdown was lifted.
Authorities were still working Wednesday afternoon to determine what materials were discovered. Scott Air Force K-9 units were called in to assist in the investigation.
O’Fallon Township High School officials said parents should have no concern about sending their children to school on Thursday.
O'Fallon Township High School posted this statement on thier website:
"The lockdown on the OTHS Smiley Campus has been lifted. Thank you all for your understanding and patience as the administration worked collaboratively with the law enforcement regarding an off-campus incident.
St. Clair County law enforcement discovered hazardous materials at the residence of an OTHS student. As a precautionary measure, the OTHS Smiley campus was thoroughly checked. There was no known threat made to any student or to OTHS, again, this was a precautionary security check.
The OTHS administration will always error on the side of caution as the safety of students and employees is our top priority."
Dr. Darcy G. Benway, Superintendent
News 4’s Ray Preston is gathering details and will have more information coming up at News 4 at 5 and 6 and KMOV.com.