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Several Rockford schools & university respond to threats of violence

There have been several threats of violence at Rockford Schools over the past few days. Many parents have been frustrated with the school district's response.

On Sunday, the Rockford Police Department started investigating an online threat against Jefferson High School in Rockford. The district said there’d be increased police and security at Jefferson and other school sites, but did not cancel classes for Monday.

Just days later, on Tuesday, Jefferson High School students have been threatened again. And, yet again, classes continue.

Many parents are upsetwith the district’s response and communication. Some have called out the district on social media for not canceling classes and for not notifying them until kids were already being bused to school.

Parents say there are rumors of other online threats against Rockford schools, which the district has not yet confirmed.

Police are also investigating a threat of violence at Rockford Universityon Tuesday. The university is under lockdown and has canceled classes until further notice.

Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.