Police arrest person of interest in threat that shut down West Michigan school district


BARRY COUNTY, MI — A person of interest has been arrested after a threat Thursday prompted students to go home and shut down all buildings in a western Michigan school district.

Barry County Sheriff’s Department officials say a person identified in the investigation into the unspecified threat to Thornapple Kellogg Schools is in custody on unrelated charges. MPs do not believe there are ongoing threats to the school or the public.

Deputies did not give more information about the person of interest.

The investigation is ongoing and the results will be forwarded to the Barry County District Attorney’s Office for potential charges when completed.

Thornapple Kellogg Schools officials sent out a notice Thursday, Jan. 20, saying students at all schools in the district were being sent home and buildings were closed due to a threat to the high school.

In an update, Thornapple Kellogg Schools officials said classes would resume on Friday, January 21.

“Thank you all for your patience and understanding this morning,” district officials wrote. “It is important that we take seriously any threat to the safety of our students and staff, so it was necessary to close today. The Barry County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police have investigated the situation that led to the school district’s last minute closure today.

“This issue has been resolved and the person of interest has been apprehended. Based on work done by the Barry County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police, we will be in session for school on Friday, January 21, 2022.

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