West Michigan schools closed Monday as threat investigation continues

Muskegon County

WEST MICHIGAN, Mich. (WOOD) — Fruitport Community Schools and Grand Haven Area Public Schools will be closed Monday as officials continue to investigate threats of violence made against the school last week.

“Law enforcement officials are still working to clear the threat from last week,” Superintendent Jason Kennedy told News 8 Sunday about the Fruitport closures. “It continues to be an active and ongoing investigation. I am hopeful that the threat will be cleared by law enforcement officials very soon.”

Fruitport Community Schools was among several West Michigan districts that shutdown Friday due to copycat threats that came after the mass shooting at Oxford High School. The number of school closures grew to more than 100 districts statewide by the end of the week.

In a post on the district’s Facebook page, Kennedy said the situation is being investigated by local law enforcement and at least one federal agency.

“As of this communication, the threat has not yet been deemed non credible by law enforcement officials,” the post stated. 

GHAPS, in an email to parents, said they decided to close out of an abundance of caution about reports of threats being made on Snapchat. The closure includes all K-12 buildings, preschool, Open Door, events, activities, and facility rentals.

“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will continue to keep you informed. Thank you for your understanding and support of Grand Haven Area Public Schools and our students,” said GHAPS Superintendent Andrew Ingall.

Whitehall District Schools said it received word of a threat that was ultimately deemed not credible. It said extra officers would be at the school Monday.

Anyone with information pertaining to the threats is asked to come forward to law enforcement. OK2Say is also a tool that can be used to anonymously report tips.

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