Lowell elementary school closed Monday after series of break-ins

Kent County

LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — A Lowell elementary school will be closed Monday due to a break-in involving vandalism.

The incident happened Friday at Bushnell Elementary School. The district says the school will be closed Monday for cleanup and that the building is safe and secure.

This is the second weekend in a row that a Lowell elementary school has been broken into. The first incident happened last weekend at Cherry Creek Elementary School. 

The Lowell police chief told News 8 the incidents are connected, and they believe they have taken care of the issue. 

“(We have) identified those involved and will hold them accountable,” Lowell Police Department Chief Chris Hurst said. 

In addition to the incidents at the elementary schools, Lowell Area Schools Superintendent Nate Fowler said police are also investigating a break-in at the district’s bus garage and damage reported to the outside of the middle school. 

Fowler couldn’t comment on the extent of the damage or motivation behind the acts, only saying the vandalism at Bushnell Elementary School primarily targeted the media center and surrounding classrooms. 

While officials seem confident they have the situation under control, Fowler had the following message for the school community. 

“It’s disappointing and it does create stress for everybody,” Fowler told News 8. “Families want to know when they send their kids to school that they’re going to be safe, so we are working to reassure our staff and our students and their families that our buildings are safe and secure and we were able to handle this, this weekend.” 

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