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'Lockout' lifted at Highlands Middle School; threat not credible

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 14:09:27-05

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Highlands Middle School was put in a “lockout” Tuesday morning after a student was threatened by former students.

Northview Public Schools’ resource officer was told about a threat to a student at the middle school around 8 a.m. Authorities say the threat was delivered through an Instagram chat group.

Out of caution, the school was placed on “lockout,” and students and staff were kept inside the building while classes ran as usual.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office says the suspects are fifth and sixth grade students at another school. Investigators determined the threat was not credible around noon and the lockout was lifted.

The case will be sent to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office for review of potential charges.