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Riverside Police Department
Wednesday February 1st, 2017 :: 09:55 p.m. CST


RPD-Residents and D96 Hauser Parent Update-

A Message from Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel

Riverside Residents and District 96 Parents, Specifically Hauser Parents and Staff –

I wanted to release factual information and update you on an online threat that came into the police department today. At approximately 3:30pm, the Riverside Police Department received an anonymous online threat that there would be a shooting at a District 96 school on Thursday, February 2nd. In the email it was noted that the shooting would take place at Hauser Junior High School and would be done by an eighth grader.

The email also said the possible shooter's name. The email went on to give certain details of when the event would happen and why the online threat was being made.

Riverside Police were immediately dispatched to Hauser School at 63 Woodside Road. Riverside Police personnel including supervisors and detectives have been working directly with District 96 staff throughout the late afternoon and into the early evening and have confirmed that thus far, this online threat is completely false and has no merit.

I want parents and staff to know that the Riverside Police Department has made personal contact with the boy named in the threat and his parents. Riverside Police along with District 96 staff have also searched the boy's locker, gym locker and personal property along with his home. No weapons were found and the boy's parents do not own any weapons.

Riverside Police have also worked directly with the school social worker who has had previous contact with the juvenile named in the threat as the possible shooter. There has been no credible evidence that the threat was factual. Our investigation has shown that there were rumors spread throughout the school that a child would bring a gun to school on Thursday and that there was a gun on the campus which were completely false. There is not one current shred of evidence to support those rumors.

To ensure the safety of the students and reassure parents and staff, Riverside Police will have increased personnel on the District 96 campus at Hauser School on Thursday and Friday. I am stressing that this is a preventative measure only and not due to any credible threats of any kind.

I have been in contact with the District Superintendent on this matter and the police department and district have coordinated their efforts in their investigation, response and follow up.

There will be no information released beyond what is stated in this email as the individual involved in this alleged complaint is a juvenile and everyone else who was interviewed were all juveniles.

While at this time we find no credibility to the anonymous tip, it is the police department's responsibility to investigate any threat thoroughly.

I will be on the District 96 campus at Hauser tomorrow working with my patrol personnel to reassure everyone that the campus is safe.

If any additional information on this matter becomes apparent, it will be released immediately. Any parent needing additional information can contact Chief Weitzel at

Riverside Police Department
31 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 708-447-2127

Thomas Weitzel

65 Woodside Rd
Riverside, IL 60546

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