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Vernon Hills police called after report of gun near school

Updated: February 9, 2013 6:20AM

VERNON HILLS — Police were called to Hawthorn Elementary South on Monday to check out a possible man with a gun and a dead black dog, but there was nothing to the report.

Principal Jill Martin said around 12:10 p.m. some second- and third-graders reported seeing a man standing on a hill across from the school. Police dispatch said it was a man with a gun and a dead black dog.

Erring on the side of caution, Martin said school officials called police to have the area checked. Police found nothing.

She also sent a letter home with students just to let the parents know and clarify the situation.

“In an abundance of caution, I contacted the Vernon Hills Police Department to investigate the situation. A number of officers immediately arrived on scene to search the areas surrounding the schools.

The police found no evidence of any problem,” she said.

As a precaution, police were on hand during the rest of the afternoon and dismissal time, and continued to canvass the area at dismissal.

“There is no threat to the children or the Hawthorn community. We will continue to do everything possible to keep our community safe,” she said in the letter.

She said staff with police assistance had a discussion with the children.

It appears the incident was like a “telephone game” situation where one person said something and then somebody heard it and the story changed.

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