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Student armed with gun puts Union high on lockdown

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 12:57:20-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Union High School went into a code yellow lockdown Monday morning, after a student was found with a gun.

Grand Rapids Police say they were called to the building after 11a.m. When officers arrived, school public safety officers already detained the student. A search of the 17-year-old's backpack revealed a firearm. That student is now in police custody, and could face criminal charges.

An official with Grand Rapids Public Schools confirmed to FOX 17 News that the lockdown was done as a precautionary measure. No students or staff were hurt. The lockdown lasted for about 1 hour.

"This morning, a Union High student notified our Public Safety Department about being threatened by another student. The student in question was pulled from class, placed in custody, and the Grand Rapids Police Department was contacted. As a precautionary measure, the school was placed in a temporary Code Yellow lockdown until the student was removed from the building by the police. As part of the investigation, a weapon was found in the student’s bookbag. The GRPD is continuing to investigate the situation. Classes returned to normal within approximately one hour."
Grand Rapids Public Schools Statement