No weapon found after lockdown at Coloma schools

COLOMA, Mich. (WOOD) — A junior high and high school in northern Berrien County were placed on soft lockdown after a weapon was reported on campus Monday morning.

Coloma Junior High School, as well as the connected Coloma High School, were put on lockdown after 9:30 a.m. after students reported the weapon, according to Coloma Community Schools Superintendent Pete Bush.

Once it was determined there was no immediate threat to the high school building, the lockdown there was lifted, the superintendent told 24 Hour News 8. However, the junior high building remained on soft lockdown as authorities conducted a search. Small groups of students were escorted to the cafeteria for lunch and also escorted to restrooms.

A “thorough” search of the school did not yield a weapon, the Coloma Township Police Department said in an afternoon release.

Several students reported seeing one student with a gun, police said. The school noted no specific threats were ever made. The student in question was isolated, detained and eventually turned over to his mother.

Police say that once they finish their investigation, they’ll turn it over to the county prosecutor’s office. Prosecutors will determine what, if any, charges are appropriate.

Bush, the superintendent, thanked staff, students, parents and community members for their patience and cooperation during the incident. Anyone with questions about what happened can call Bush at 269.468.2424.

“We are confident that our schools are safe and we can return to normal activities on Tuesday,” an afternoon statement from Bush said in part.

The schools, which are located in Coloma, are about 15 miles south of South Haven.