Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Zeeland Public Schools closed Tuesday due to threats

Ottawa County

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Haven Area Public Schools and Zeeland Public Schools will be closed Tuesday as law enforcement investigates threats.

The closures come in the wake of the Oxford High School shooting, where four students died and others were injured. Over 100 districts statewide, including several West Michigan districts, have had to close due to copycat threats.

GHAPS was closed Monday. In an email to parents GHAPS said the school was closing out of an abundance of caution about reports of threats being made on Snapchat. It announced Monday it will remain closed Tuesday “as law enforcement continues to investigate.”

The closure includes all K-12 buildings, preschool, Open Door, events, activities and facility rentals.

Zeeland Public Schools will be closed “out of an abundance of caution,” it said in a letter to parents Monday.

The closure includes all after-school events, activities and facility rentals.

The school said it is working with law enforcement to investigate.

“We understand the very real pressure and fear that our students are feeling and know that our parents and staff are equally concerned,” Superintendent Brandi-Lyn Mendham wrote to parents. “We remain committed to our relationship with local law enforcement, who take every report or rumor seriously and investigate immediately.”

Fennville Public Schools also canceled Tuesday classes after getting word of a threat circulating on social media. The district said that while one photo shows a specific student, officials have already confirmed that student didn’t send the photo and that the threat was not credible. Still, officials want to find out where that photo did come from. As such, they called off school out of an abundance of caution.

Newaygo Public Schools also had a threat Monday, it said in a Facebook post. It said a bomb threat caused the school to go into emergency procedures.

It said a “person of interest” was located and removed from the school.

“Please take this opportunity to talk with your children regarding the seriousness of making threats,” it said in the Facebook post. “Individuals cannot say, write, text, or post (not even as a ‘joke’) a threat of any type, as these threats will be taken seriously and law enforcement will be contacted.”

That threat remains under investigation.

Making threats against a school is a crime and any student who makes a threat could face charges.

Police agencies throughout Michigan are encouraging anyone with information about threats to make a report to local law enforcement or through OK2SAY.

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