COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Students at Comstock Park High School were under a “soft” lock-down Thursday afternoon because of a reported suicidal person who was believed to be in the area.

It happened around 12:45 and students were taken to the gym for a short time before it began. After that, they were allowed to continue with classes but were not allowed to leave the building. Visitors were not allowed in.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office told the school about the individual as a safety measure. Deputies said a 28-year-old man was reportedly suicidal but fled on foot, armed with a knife, before officers arrived. The lock-down occurred because of the man’s close proximity to the school.

Officers brought in a K9 in an attempt to track down the man, but were unsuccessful.

The students were released at their regularly scheduled time and deputies were on scene to ensure their safety.

The suspect eventually contacted police and repeatedly told them he was not suicidal. At this time police believe that he is not a danger to the public. They say their investigation is ongoing.

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