Threats prompt several W. MI districts to close on Friday; over 100 cancellations statewide

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A day after impersonation threats closed more than 60 schools in the eastern part of the state, the number of school closings jumped to more than 100 districts across State Friday, several of which in western Michigan were closed. of an abundance of caution.

Fruitport community schools closed their buildings on Friday “due to a threat of violence against the school,” the site of the indicated district. The district day care center is also closed and staff are asked to stay at home.

Ionia Public Schools says the threat that prompted the district to close schools on Friday was directed against the college.

The district is working with law enforcement to investigate and canceled classes on Friday. Ionia County Career Center also closed on Friday due to the threat against public schools in Ionia.

In Allegan County, Wayland Union Middle School switched from in-person classes to distance learning as a precautionary measure due to a threat, according to the neighborhood website. The district superintendent said an investigation was underway and “nothing has been substantiated”.

Big Rapids Schools also closed their schools on Friday after learning of a “potentially worrying statement” made by a high school student on Thursday. This situation is also under investigation, the district said on his site.

Also in Mecosta County, the Chippewa Hills School District confirmed to News 8 that it was closed on Friday due to a threat.

In the county of Berrien, the public schools of Watervliet closed Friday “out of prudence”. The superintendent said a message detailing the reasons was sent to parents in the district.

More than 80 districts in the metro Detroit area canceled classes on Friday, according to WDIV, Detroit NBC Affiliate.

In mid-Michigan, all principals in Genesee County agreed to cancel classes after many districts faced threats and rumors, according to WNEM.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard warned earlier this week that anyone who made threats would face charges.

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