Police lift lockdown at Belding Area Schools

BELDING, Mich. (WOOD) —  Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson says a lockdown at Belding Area Schools has been lifted.

Nelson told 24 Hour News 8 a Rockford man posted a political rant on social media aimed at the district that included threatening language.

Nelson said the 54-year-old man was a Belding graduate but had no other known connection to the school.

Nelson said the “external lockdown” was lifted after officers made contact with the man.  He was not arrested, but the investigation is ongoing.

Nelson said police were informed of  the threats around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The school was placed on external lockdown while police attempted to make contact with the suspect.

Superintendent Sara Shriver said as part of the lockdown, no one was allowed to enter or exit district buildings. Parents were not allowed to drop off or pick up their children wile the order was in effect.

 

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