SARANAC, Mich. (WOOD) - An external and internal code yellow lockdown has ended at Saranac Community Schools.
The lockdown was in effect from late Tuesday morning to around 1:30 p.m.
An updated statement from the district's Facebook page --
"All students and staff are safe at Saranac Community Schools. The decision to lockdown earlier today was based on a potential external threat. Local authorities were immediately notified and remained on campus as a precautionary measure. After a complete and thorough investigation by local authorities and administration, it was determined that our school is safe and a lockdown can be lifted at this time."
Some parents told 24 Hour News 8 they started receiving text messages late Tuesday morning from their children saying they cannot leave class and weren't given a reason.
School officials called the Ionia County Sheriff's Department, and deputies checked the buildings.
Police later told 24 Hour News 8 they couldn't release any more information at this time.
Beth Simpson, the Jr/Sr High principal and special education director, released a statement Tuesday morning --
"To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have initiated our lock down procedure based on a potential external threat. The local authorities have been notified and are on campus as a precautionary measure. All students and staff are safe and accounted for. We are currently running a normal class schedule."
Superintendent Maury Geiger told 24 Hour News 8 people could only enter and leave the campus with escorts during the lockdown.
There is no decision yet regarding afterschool activities.
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