The school was made aware of a high speed chase around 9:47 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, just a mile away from Reeths-Puffer Public Schools.
The schools decided to execute a soft lock down since the chase was close in proximity and waited until law enforcement gave them the OK to end the lockdown, according to Superintendent Steve Edwards.
A soft lockdown requires just the external doors of the building to be locked.
Below is a copy of the statement issued by Edwards to parents and students:
Good afternoon Parents/Guardians, and Staff,
I just got off the phone with Chief Wypa, the Chief of Police for Muskegon Township. I've also been in constant contact with Officer Patterson, our liaison officer. Chief Wypa and Officer Patterson agree that the primary suspect was apprehended quickly and that the individual who has not been caught poses no risk to schools or the community. As such, the police have called off their search and our law enforcement advisors have recommended we come off of lockdown. The rest of the day will be a "normal" end of the day.
I can't say enough how much I appreciate how well EVERYONE involved did their jobs. Our students, staff, parents, and law enforcement handled EVERYTHING exactly as we had hoped and exactly as we had prepared through our drills. I could not be more proud of the kids and staff.
In conclusion, we are no longer on lockdown. The rest of the day will be normal.
Thanks for your patience, help and understanding.
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