Officials: Local schools not connected to threats on social media

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials say photos of a threat to shoot a school circulating on social media stemmed from outside of Michigan.

Posts on social media discussed threats of a shooting at “Central School,” the Grand Rapids Police Department said in a Saturday release.

“Understandably, parents in the area are contacting schools and law enforcement, attempting to ascertain if these threats involve Grand Rapids,” GRPD said in the release.

The posts came from outside of Michigan, and there is no credible information that Grand Rapids schools are in danger, GRPD says.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said a police department in Missouri, the St. Joseph Police Department, investigated similar threats Thursday and took multiple juveniles into custody in connection to threats to a Central High School in that jurisdiction.

It said the threat seems to have circulated online nationwide.

GRPD says it has been in contact with the FBI and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and it will continue to monitor the situation.

Anyone with information about the threat or a similar threat can contact GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 774.2345 or SilentObserver.org.

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