Potential threat averted at Galesburg Junior/Senior High School

Galesburg Junior/Senior High School (FILE-JAY REDFERN/WGIL)

Someone tried to get access to Galesburg Junior/Senior High School Monday morning, but was stopped.  That’s according to a letter sent to parents by Principal Tom Hawkins and confirmed by District-205.

Hawkins says a male tried to gain access to the school but wasn’t let in after it was determined he had no specific purpose.  But, Hawkins says the man walked around the building and got in when a student held the door open for him

Security and Galesburg Police responded as a precaution, and the man was escorted out.

Hawkins says students are talked to on a regular basis about school security, which they say they take seriously.

The text of the letter sent to parents is below.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On the morning of April 22, 2024, an individual attempted to gain access to Galesburg Junior Senior High School at the front office. When it was determined that the individual did not have a purpose for being at the school, the individual was denied access to the building.

The individual then walked around the exterior of the building where unfortunately they gained entrance due to a student holding the door open for the individual.

Once it was determined that the individual was not a part of the school community, security was notified and the individual was promptly escorted out of the building and the Galesburg Police Department was called to respond.

We take the safety and security of our buildings very seriously. We routinely meet with our students and staff about safety and security and would appreciate our families having the same conversations with their students at home.


Tom Hawkins