Holland Schools Lockdown After Attempted Robbery During Power Outage

Posted at 6:04 PM, Dec 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-21 22:05:49-05

HOLLAND, Mich. –Holland West, which house k -7th grade and the high school in Holland were locked down until dismissal Friday afternoon after an attempted robbery.

At around 10:15 Friday morning police said high winds knocked over a tree taking power lines down with it.

The tree fell over on Graafschap Rd, between 22nd and 32nd streets.  In addition to many neighbors being without power, Holland West also lost power.

According to Tom Page, with Holland Public Schools, the students who weren’t able to contact a parent for pick up were bused over to the high school.

Page said at no time were any students left unsupervised. An instant alert was sent out as a phone message to parents.

Holland Police Capt. Jack Dykstra said as one parent was picking up her kids from Holland West she was approached by a man wearing a mask and a black puffy jacket who implied he had a weapon.

Capt Dykstra said the man told the woman this was a robbery and she should get in the car.

The woman screamed and the man ran towards the high school prompting a lockdown of both schools.

Police attempted to track the attempted robber but have not caught him as of yet.

Schools remained on lockdown until normal dismissal time.