Lockdown Over for Romeoville Schools [UPDATE]

A manhunt is reportedly underway in Romeoville, although officials have not released details.

Update, 10 a.m. Feb. 13:

The lockdown is over as of 9:25 a.m., according to Valley View, and classes have resumed.

"Middle school students who were re-located to the Romeoville Recreation Center will be bused back to school," the district said in an email." In most cases, elementary school students were held on buses and those buses are now taking the students to school."

Shortly before 8:30 a.m., Valley View officials said schools remain on soft lockdown, but Romeoville police are now telling parents that if your child has not left for school "keep your child home until you hear otherwise."

Valley View buses are running their routes and any kids who are at their stops will be picked up and taken temporarily to the Romeoville Recreation Center, 900 W. Romeo Rd.

Kids already at school will remain in a soft lockdown.

Although WJOL is reporting that a manhunt is underway in Romeoville, officials have not released details.

Joliet Junior College has advised students not to go to the Romeoville campus, saying the location is on "preventative lockdown."

Original story

All Romeoville schools are on "soft lockdown" Thursday morning due to an incident in the village, according to Valley View spokesman Larry Randa.

"At the request of the Romeoville Police Department, all Romeoville schools have been placed in a soft lockdown because of an incident in the village not related to any VVSD schools," Randa said in an alert sent out to the community. No details on the cause for the lockdown were available early Thursday.

"Further details will be provided as they become available," Randa said, adding all middle school and elementary school students should still come to school, and will be escorted inside by Valley View staff and/or police.

Calls from Patch to the village and Romeoville Police Department were not immediately returned Thursday morning.

WJOL is reporting that the area of 135th Street and Hickory were blocked off around 8 a.m. due to police activity, and Northern Illinois FireGround Alerts is reporting a "fatal shooting" with "suspect on foot" in the 300 block of Emery Avenue.

Check back with Patch for more details as they become available.
Shantel February 13, 2014 at 09:42 AM
People are crazy everywhere zip codes don't stop crime.
Kyle Eichorst February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Finally out of the soft lockdown


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