Robbery sends GR elementary school into lockdown

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids elementary school was locked down for less than a half hour Monday after a nearby store was robbed.

A letter was sent home to all Harrison Park Elementary School parents and/or guardians at the end of the school day Monday from Harrison Park principal Troy Wilbon. It read as follows:

“I am writing to inform you of an incident that occurred in the neighborhood near Harrison Park today.

We were contacted by the Grand Rapids Police Department alerting us to an incident in the neighborhood near the school. As a precautionary measure, we immediately placed the school in a code yellow lockdown. The code yellow lasted for approximately 20 minutes.

I want to assure you that the students and staff were safe and secure at all times. We swiftly administered our safety procedures, and I want to commend the students for how well they behaved during this situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 819-2565 or wilbont@grps.org.”

Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman John Helmholdt confirmed to FOX 17 that the school was locked down because of the nearby robbery.

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