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Red Oak Elementary Faces Second Bomb Threat, Leads to Second Evacuation within 48 Hours

Red Oak Elementary School was the goal of a bomb threat for the second straight day, in accordance with a message from the City of Highland Park on Friday.

The varsity was in session on the time of the threat and reportedly evacuated with students and staff relocated, in accordance with a message from North Shore School District 112.

“Students are protected and are accompanied by Red Oak staff,” the D112 message reads. “Information in regards to the relocation site is shared to (parents) email.”

The district and City are urging residents to avoid the world near the college at 530 Red Oak Lane. Nearby Sherwood Elementary is on a soft lockdown with students and staff remaining indoors.

It’s unclear exactly how and when the bomb threat was made on Friday. A day earlier, Red Oak Elementary was also evacuated after a neighborhood media outlet informed authorities of a possible bomb threat prior to the college day.

A City message at 10:30 a.m. Thursday said “no credible threat” was found at the college after the property was searched by local law enforcement, including explosive-detecting dogs.

D112 Superintendent Dr. Michael Lubelfeld said in an internet message yesterday, “The constructing has been thoroughly searched — we now have no cause for concern. We are going to resume normal operations at 11:30 a.m.”

As of 12:30 p.m. Friday, authorities were still on scene at Red Oak.

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