Secure Mode Lifted for Newaygo Schools
UPDATE: Newaygo Schools has been released from a secure mode and all schools have returned to normal operations.
Students will be dismissed at the normal time.
Law enforcement from the Newaygo Police Department, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police conducted an investigation Wednesday regarding two separate verbal threats of harm which were made to Newaygo High School and Newaygo Middle School. Both threats were not credible.
All juveniles responsible for the threats are facing school discipline and the cases have been turned over to the Newaygo County Prosecutors Office for criminal charges.
Out of an abundance of caution, the MSP bomb dog was brought in to sweep the Newaygo Middle School and Newaygo High School. Nothing was located during this sweep.
Newaygo Schools says at no time was there an active shooter or physical harm to any students and there was no immediate danger to the school or public.
Newaygo Schools are in a secure mode as a precautionary measure as law enforcement investigate a threat made against Newaygo High School.
Michigan State Police say two students made threatening remarks, which prompted a soft lockdown at Newaygo Middle School and Newaygo High School Wednesday. There is no active threat in the school.
According to the Newaygo Police Department, two students have made threatening remarks which prompted a precautionary soft lockdown of the Middle and High Schools this morning. There is not an active threat in the school. pic.twitter.com/xDyuywHI16
— @MSPWestMI (@mspwestmi) December 8, 2021
Parents have been instructed to not go to the school. No one is permitted to enter or exit the school until the “secure mode” has been lifted. If parents would like to wait for their children, they are asked to go to Resonate Church at 302 East 68th Street in Newaygo and await further instructions.
A secure mode calls for the following safety measures:
- All exterior doors are locked
- No building entrance or exit
- No outside activities will take place (ie: recess)
- Classroom doors may be locked
- Students may be held in place with no hallway or open area activities