On the morning of April 12th, 2023, a large police presence was reported at East High School in Rockford, Illinois. Initial unconfirmed reports claimed that there was an active shooter situation at the high school.

Within minutes, the Rockford Police Department released a statement on their official Twitter account all but confirming that the incident was a false report.

However, as of the time of writing this article, there are no further updates on the situation from either the Rockford Police Department or RPS 205. The school was reportedly still under lockdown at 8:47 AM, and the district advised drivers to avoid Charles Street, which is currently under heavy construction

Today was the first day of SAT testing at East High School, making the situation even more concerning. Students and faculty likely experienced fear and anxiety during the lockdown, and parents and loved ones were likely worried about their safety.

Incidents like these highlight the importance of prompt and clear communication during emergencies. While the initial reports of an active shooter at East High School turned out to be false, the fact that the school was put on lockdown shows that there was a perceived threat. It's crucial to get information and updates from credible authorities to avoid confusion and anxiety.

Statement by RPS 205