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Threats to Kalamazoo schools deemed not credible by police

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and Kalamazoo Township Police Department are working with Michigan State police to determine the origin of the threats.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo Public Schools have closed four schools Monday because of violent threats made online. 

Loy Norrix High School, Hillside Middle School, Linden Grove Middle School and Kalamazoo Central High School will close Monday, Nov. 11. 

The closure of Loy Norrix was announced late Sunday for similar threats and the three other schools were closed early Monday morning.

Police said those involved could be held criminally responsible in addition to school consequences. 

As of 1 p.m. Monday, the threats have not been deemed credible.

Nkenge Bergan, director of student services for Kalamazoo Public Schools, made the announcement saying the safety and security of the district’s staff and students is very important. 

According to a press release, the threats to Hillside, Linden Grove, and Kalamazoo Central appear to be copycat threats made to Loy Norrix. 

"The safety and security of our students are very important to us," said Bergan.

KPS is continuing to monitor the matter and will update parents when more information is available. There will be an additional police presence at the four schools and the rest of the KPS district on Tuesday. 

Parents are being asked to talk with their students about this matter. Joking about a threat or copying a threat that was posted elsewhere is just as serious as a credible threat. 

If anyone has information about who may have posted the threat, they are asked to contact Kalamazoo police. 

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