Mokena schools on lockdown after ‘disturbing’ phone call

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Three schools in southwest suburban Mokena are on lockdown Tuesday morningafter one of the schools received a “disturbing” phone call, according to police.

Mokena Elementary, Intermediate and Junior High schools are all on a soft lockdown as of 11 a.m. because of police activity, according to a representative for Mokena School District 159.

Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro said one of the school’s received a phone call that “we found disturbing.” The school district made the decision to initiate a soft lockdown, which means the schools’ exterior doors are locked, and no one is allowed in or out.

All students and staff are safe, and there is a police presence at each school, according to the school district. Police will also be at each school during student dismissal.

Police are investigating the call, Vaccaro said.

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