Threats to four Kalamazoo schools worry parents

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Four Kalamazoo Public Schools buildings were closed Monday due to online threats.

A threat was posted Sunday evening on social media about harming Loy Norrix High School Monday morning.

The threat alarmed Tamara Cooper, whose son is a senior at the school.

“My instinct was you’re not going to school tomorrow,” Cooper said. “I need to keep you safe.”

Hours later, the district announced that Kalamazoo Central High School, Hillside Middle School and Linden Grove Middle School would be closed as well Monday due to three separate copycat posts. The district canceled classes a precaution.

“It’s scary,” Cooper said.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said that as of Monday afternoon, the threats had not been deemed credible.

Though they never materialized, the thought of the threats being real was just as a alarming for Cooper’s husband, Brian.

“I take it serious and it resonates right at home, especially with all of the shootings we’re having nowadays,” Brian said.

KDPS, the Kalamazoo Township Police Department and Michigan State Police are working to find out exactly where the threats came from. Whoever is responsible could face discipline from the school and criminal charges.

In the meantime, Tamara Cooper continues loving on her son and uses her faith as a fierce protector.

“We know God is in control and he has us in the palm of his hand,” Tamara Cooper said.

District officials said Monday afternoon that schools were expected to be back open Tuesday. Police said they will step up their presence at the four schools, as well as throughout the district, for the day.

Anyone with information about the threats is asked to contact KDPS at 269.488.8911.

They also reminded parents to speak with their children about how serious it is to post or copy a threat online.

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