Man looking for ‘place to read’ puts Cedar Springs schools on lockdown

Posted at 4:24 PM, Oct 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-12 16:24:35-04

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – Cedar Springs Public Schools were on a Code Yellow lock down Monday after a man showed up this morning at two different schools looking for a “quiet place to read.”

The situation started at about 7:30am when the man, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, approached office staff at Cedar Trails Elementary asking for a “quiet place to read.”  He was denied and then went over to Cedar Springs High School, which is on the same campus, and asked the same thing.  He was denied there as well and was not happy about being sent away.  He told staff that his wife was at a meeting in the community and was looking for somewhere to go.

Kent County Sheriff’s deputies found the man sitting in his car reading at a local McDonald’s.  They followed with the organization where the wife was in a meeting and the man was on his way out of town around 8:00am.  The code yellow was lifted at about 9:00am.