Suspicious packages empty East GR High School


EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, (WOOD) – East Grand Rapids Public Safety investigators are still getting details on an incident which brought officers, K-9 units and the Michigan State Police bomb squad to East Grand Rapids High School Friday after suspicious packages were found inside the school.

No one was hurt, and according to investigators, the suspicious packages “did not pose a security risk”.

It all began about 10:00 am Friday. School officials say a janitor found the suspicious packages in the high school.

They looked at surveillance video from overnight, and discovered some disturbing images.

Several people dressed in dark clothing, wearing gloves and masks, were caught on video after they somehow made their way into the school about 5:00 a.m. carrying plastic bags.

The bags were left near the schools fine arts center.

“Knowing something was not right,” says East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald, school officials called police.

Herald says they could not determine the contents of the bag from the video, so the Michigan State Police bomb squad was called in, along with two bomb sniffing dogs.

“We were not going to take any chances” says Herald.

For several hours, investigators worked to determine what was in the bags.

The few people in the building during the last few weeks of summer break were evacuated, and some sports practices and other activities were either cancelled or moved to other locations on the campus.

An ambulance and Public Safety Fire Truck was staged in a parking lot on the east side of the school.

By late Friday afternoon, the all clear was given. So far, the investigation has revealed the suspects are all East Grand Rapids graduates. They’re still trying to determine the number of people involved.

While it appears to be a prank gone wrong, police are not talking about the motive. Herald will only say the incident is still under investigation.

They’re still trying to determine charges as well. Unlawful entry to a building is one possibility according to Chief Herald.

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