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School officials say they have identified a student or students involved after a threat of a shooting was made toward Edith Smith Middle School in Waukegan on Wednesday.

Edith Smith Middle School Principal Yvonne Brown said in a message to parents on Wednesday that a potential threat was relayed to staff and law enforcement.

The information, which was received through Gaggle, warned of someone “potentially causing harm at the school.”

Gaggle is a third-party software used by the district that identifies inappropriate or potentially unsafe messages sent through district devices and networks.

“We want to thank the students and parents who brought this threat to our attention in a timely manner,” Brown said.

“Immediately after receiving the information our safety staff was able to work with Waukegan Police to conduct an investigation, and identify the person(s) involved,” she said.

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Several parents on social media reported the threat involved a shooting.

Additional safety personnel and Waukegan police officers were on-site at the school Thursday.

The school was on soft lockdown the entire day and security conducted bag checks.

No issues were reported during the school day Thursday.

“At this time there is no concern of a threat at Smith, and those individual(s) responsible for the threat are facing discipline consistent with District policies,” Brown said.