Stepped up security at Muskegon H.S. in wake of gun incident

Posted at 11:16 PM, Sep 18, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich., -- District leaders at Muskegon Public Schools are planning to review and beef up security after a student was allegedly found with a loaded gun at Muskegon High School Tuesday.

The school was put into lockdown for nearly two hours following the incident.

Superintendent Jon Felske tells FOX 17 the incident happened in the school's J building during second hour lunch. Felske said the district is re-distributing manpower to better supervise the transition during the lunches and to limit which areas of the building students can be in.

Felske said there are also plans in place to change the way parents are alerted in the event of a lockdown. During Tuesday's incident, many parents were not aware of what had happened until it was all over.

"In hindsight now, we will in the future send out an 'all call' at that point in time to the parents to say we're in lockdown, all students are accounted for, all staff are accounted for," said Felske.

Felske said metal detectors and morning searches are not being considered at this time.

"The discussion is that doesn't necessarily 100 percent even ensure the safety of all our children, even though there is a perception that it does," he explained.

The name of the ninth grader involved in Tuesday's incident has not been released. The teen is now charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting and Obstructing Police and Malicious Destruction of Police Property."

School leaders planned to hold an expulsion hearing for the student.