Grundy County schools were put on lockdown Tuesday morning for safety-related reasons, reported WRCB-TV.
School officials said they decided to put the schools on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
It's unclear what kind of threat prompted the lockdown.
A statement issued by the Grundy County Schools Tuesday afternoon said:
"The Grundy County Board of Education joins the rest of the nation in mourning with the people of Newtown, Connecticut, as they cope with the tragedy that struck their community last Friday. We can only imagine the sorrow that must be griping their hearts during what should otherwise be a joyous time of the year.
Sadly, in our own community, some few individuals are capitalizing on this tragedy by spreading baseless rumors of possible violence toward our own school children. These fear mongers are little better than the deranged shooter who took so many innocent lives last week, for they intentionally spread panic at a time when we are so mindful of how vulnerable we all are.
The Grundy County Sheriff's Department has assured Grundy County School officials that there is no evidence of any threat to our schools or our children. Nevertheless, in view of recent events, School officials will work with the Sheriff's Department in the coming weeks to identify steps we can take to improve the safety of our community schools. In the meantime, we have urged state and local law enforcement officials to prosecute anyone making idle threats to the fullest extent of the law.
Of course, if anyone is aware of a potential threat to the schools or our children, then he or she should report his or her concerns to the Sheriff's Department immediately. Posting any such information on social media outlets instead of reporting it to the appropriate authorities is morally irresponsible.
Grundy County Schools will be in session the remainder of the week, and thereafter we look forward to celebrating a safe and joyful holiday break."
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