UPDATE: After a 90-minute search, Coal Valley Police Chief Jack Chick told Local 4 News they did not find a weapon at Bicentennial Elementary.
We were the only station at the school as officers from Coal Valley, Moline and the Rock Island Sheriff’s Department searched students, teachers and classrooms.
Chick said an anonymous tip that there could be a weapon at the school came in shortly after 1 p.m. on the P-3 app. Crime Stoppers launched the app last fall.
Now investigators will focus on figuring out who sent the tip and if they have any more information.
EARLIER UPDATE: A tip about a possible weapon led to a heavy police presence and “passive or soft lockdown” at Bicentennial Elementary in Coal Valley.
Local 4 News witnessed officers searching bags before kids were being let out of school.
A message sent to parents that Local 4 News obtained said the tip came in around 1:15 p.m. and students are being dismissed one class at a time.
Kids were talking about officers coming into classrooms and checking book bags and cell phones.
Moline and Coal Valley Police Department along with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department are on the scene.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and OurQuadCities.com for updates.