Former Fulton High student accused of making threats

Schools put on soft lockdown as 'precautionary measure'

FULTON – A former Fulton High School student was arrested after police say he threatened a current student, prompting a “soft lockdown” Feb. 27 at all three River Bend School District buildings.

Blake A. Dornbush, 18, of Fulton, who graduated last year, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. He was in Whiteside County Jail, charged with felony disorderly conduct. He was released after posting bond Thursday. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday.

He is accused of threatening unnamed Fulton High students with unspecified bodily harm, and faces 1 to 3 years in prison if convicted.

A student tipped off Fulton High School Principal Christopher Tennyson, who contacted police around 11 a.m., and “a soft lockdown was initiated in each of the buildings [Fulton High, River Bend Middle and Fulton Elementary schools] as a precautionary measure,” Superintendent Darryl Hogue said in a news release.

The lockdown was over before 2 p.m.

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