Threat from ex-student triggered lockdowns in Zeeland

Ottawa County

ZEELAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators say a threat from a former student led to Tuesday’s lockdown at Zeeland East High School, Zeeland West High School and Quincy Elementary.

Students went to Zeeland Public Schools leaders saying the ex-student had made a threat online. A school official said it was a “credible” threat via Snapchat. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office referred to it as “concerning but non-specific.” No one elaborated about what the message said.

The school said students and staff at both schools were first ordered to shelter in place around 11:45 a.m. before being placed on lockdown.

The district says it also ordered people inside Creekside Middle School, Roosevelt Elementary School and the district administration building to shelter in place at the direction of the sheriff’s office.

Authorities took the suspect, a 16-year-old from Montcalm County, into custody around noon in Zeeland. The teen was cooperative, the sheriff’s office said, and wasn’t armed.

The lockdown was lifted minutes later.

Deputies are not releasing the student’s name or why he or she is no longer with the district.

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