UPDATE 3:45 p.m.:
Police and school personnel confirm a suspicious bottle-like object was left near the loading dock of Barrington High School around 2 p.m. on Feb. 22.
The area was restricted while police and fire officials investigated. After testing the item, they determined it wasn't harmful and posed no threat to the student body.
The student who left the object near the loading dock was identified by viewing the high school's security camera footage. That student admitted to leaving the item and has been taken into police custody for questioning.
The Board of Education meeting and away activities for boys and girls basketball and wrestling will take place as scheduled tonight. All other after school activities have been canceled due to early dismissal.
Barrington High School has been evacuated due to a hazmat situation on campus.
According to Barrington 220's Chief Communications Officer Jeff Arnett, a suspicious package was found on campus early this afternoon. While police investigated, they decided to release the students early as a safety precaution.
"School was dismissed around 2:20 this afternoon. It was mostly a precaution," Arnett said. "Because it was just shy of dismissal time police decided to release the students."
School buses were called to the school early to get students home quickly and safely. Officials are still investigating the incident. Check back to Barrington Patch for updates.