PEORIA — Morton School District 709 has raised its security levels in the wake of the Waffle House shootings in Nashville early Sunday morning that left four dead and a national manhunt for a former rural Tazewell County man.
In a letter sent to parents, Superintendent Jeff Hill wrote, "the school district in conjunction with local law enforcement has been following this situation closely. At this point there is no reason to believe there is a danger to our students and staff. We are, however, taking extra precautions through increased police presence in and around our schools. We will continue to monitor this situation and communicate should there be a change in our security status."
Tremont School District 702 is also being vigilant, its superintendent, Jeff Hinman, told parents, according to WMBD-TV, Channel 31: "At this point there is no reason to believe there is a danger to our students and staff. We are, however, taking extra precautions through increased police presence in and around both campuses," the station reported him writing in a note to parents.
Police continue to look for Travis Reinking, 29, who is accused in connection with the fatal shootings. At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Robert Huston said it was possible that Reinking, whose family lives in between Morton and Tremont, could be coming back to Illinois.
Nashville police told reporters Monday morning that a laptop case belonging to Reinking was found at a truck stop in that area.
This story will be updated.