Lockdown at West Ottawa High School after report of weapon

Ottawa County

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — West Ottawa High School went into lockdown Thursday after authorities were told a person was seen on campus with a weapon.

Around 8:20 a.m., the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office received reports that a person was seen with a weapon on campus, it said in a release. The north and south building were both put on lockdown while the north building was searched, the sheriff’s office said.

The person left campus and was found at a house nearby, authorities say, and was interviewed by investigators.

The lockdown was lifted.

On Friday, the school said weapon turned out to be a BB gun.

“At West Ottawa Public Schools, the safety of our students, staff and school community is our primary concern. Yesterday we were made aware of a possible weapon on campus. Our building administrators acted quickly to coordinate with law enforcement and place our schools in an immediate lockdown. No one was directly threatened or harmed during this incident. We have since lifted the lockdown after receiving the all clear from authorities. Police have identified the possible weapon as a bb gun, which was consistent with initial information we received. We take these incidents very seriously and are grateful to school leaders and law enforcement for acting quickly and appropriately. We are continuing to gather details about this situation.”

West Ottawa Public Schools Superintendent Tim Bearden

Authorities said Thursday that the situation was still being investigated and it will later be determined if there will be any criminal charges.

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