Edison put on soft lockdown over 'unfounded' report of child abduction nearby

Edison put on soft lockdown over 'unfounded' report of child abduction nearby

CHAMPAIGN — Students at Edison Middle School spent their third day of school — 20 minutes of it, at least — on a soft lockdown after an "unfounded" report of an armed child abduction near the building.

In a letter issued to families Monday, Principal Angie Schoonover told parents that Champaign police were in the area around 1 p.m. responding to the alleged abduction. As a result, Edison's school resource officer decided to activate a soft lockdown, meaning class could continue as usual as extra precautions were taken to secure the building. About 20 minutes later, Schoonover wrote, police determined the abduction report was unsubstantiated.

"As always, the safety of our students is of utmost importance, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you or your student," she wrote.

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