Threat called in against Wheaton, Winnetka schools may be 'swatting' incident: police

Wheaton residents were told to shelter in place Monday morning after a threat was called into 911 referencing a suburban school.

Around the same time, a second threat was also made toward a school in Winnetka.

The Wheaton shelter-in-place order was lifted around 10:45 a.m.

According to police, a threat was called into 911 threatening Wheaton North High School. The school was not in session Monday, however, students and staff who were at the school for activities were evacuated.

Around the same time, a threat was made toward North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka. Police responded and concluded there was no credible threat, but as a result they said there will be an increased police presence at all area schools.


Police believe this may be an incident of "swatting."

Swatting means that a false threat was called in to draw a large law enforcement response to one location.