KENT CITY, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent City Community Schools is returning to class on Monday after it closed Friday due to a threat made on social media.
In a letter to parents and guardians, superintendent Bill Crane said the district would be closed Friday out of an abundance of caution.
Crane said he was notified of the social media post on Thursday night.
According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, a boy received a message from a friend that said he wasn’t coming to school on Friday because of a shooting. The boy’s parents contacted the sheriff’s office.
Deputies interviewed the suspect, a 12-year-old Kent City student, who said he sent the video that he did not make to his friend as a joke. The sheriff’s office said the student was told not to show up to school until he is contacted by the school administration.
The case is being forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.
The following letter was sent to the Kent City Community School’s community on Friday:
“Safety for all students and staff continues to be our top priority. With that in mind, and out of an abundance of caution, Kent City Community Schools will be closed on Friday April 14th.
“At roughly 10:30 pm on Thursday April 13th, I was notified about a disturbing social media post by School Resource Officer Chad Wells. Deputy Wells received this information from members of the Sheriff’s Department who took a call from concerned parents who saw the post. The post included language and imagery that was concerning to say the least.
“I am thankful to those who came forward and did not hesitate to bring this situation to the attention of the police and school officials. As more information is made available we will be sure to pass it along.”Superintendent Bill Crane
The sheriff’s office said there is no active threat to the public or school.