Students find handgun bullet at Holmes Elementary

Krystle Wagner • Apr 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM

SPRING LAKE – A bullet was found inside Holmes Elementary School on Thursday, leading to an extensive search of the building.

School staff and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office searched lockers, backpacks, desks and the building after some fourth-grade students found a bullet during the lunch period. Ultimately, nothing was found during the search, Principal Sandra Smits said.

“There was no threat to student safety,” she said.

Upon finding the bullet, students immediately notified a staff member, and Smits contacted the Ottawa County Sheriff Department.

Smits said it was a bullet used in handguns.

School staff and law enforcement conducted the search and worked to ensure the school day wasn’t disrupted, Smits said, noting that they didn’t want to make children feel they were unsafe.

Smits said the sheriff’s department assured them that Holmes is safe, and there wasn’t a threat.

The principal sent an email to families on Thursday informing them what happened.

"The heightened sense of security that we all feel at this time definitely contributed to a very thorough and deliberate response to the bullet being found and communication being sent to parents,” said Superintendent Dennis Furton. “That said, there was no threat of any sort. Holmes Elementary is a safe place for students."

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