UPDATED: Urbana student found without gun; no 'continued concern' for safety

UPDATED: Urbana student found without gun; no 'continued concern' for safety

URBANA — A day that began with six detectives investigating a tip about an Urbana High student with a gun ended with police declaring the case closed.

“At this point, there is not a continued concern for the safety of students and staff at Urbana High School,” Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said late Thursday afternoon.

An anonymous tip at 7:45 a.m. Thursday to Urbana’s school resource officer — about a student who’d supposedly been showing up to school with a gun — led to detectives descending on the high school in the morning and a heavy police presence when classes let out for the day.

But the student “never showed up” for school, Urbana police Sgt. Matt Bain said.

The student was located later in the day in Champaign and “not found to be in possession of a firearm and denied ever possessing a firearm,” Surles said.

Detectives also spoke with a parent of the student, who was informed of the situation, Surles said.

In a letter emailed earlier Thursday to family members, Urbana Principal Deloris Brown said “there was no threat to the school, students, or staff, but I wanted to make you aware of (the police) presence.”

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