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Lockdown at West Ottawa High School lifted after teen with handgun apprehended

Becky Vargo • Sep 13, 2018 at 12:52 PM

A lockdown was lifted late Thursday morning at West Ottawa High School after police apprehended a 17-year-old male with a gun.

Students reported the teen carrying the gun to school officials shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

School resource deputies located and apprehended the teen without incident, Bennett said. He had a small caliber handgun on him.

Bennett said that no shots were fired and there were no injuries.

The student’s motive for bringing the gun to school is unclear, he said.

Officers were continuing to interview the teen late Thursday morning.

The Holland Sentinel reported that at 11:58 a.m., the district alerted parents via its Campus Messenger system, saying:

“The purpose of this message is to keep you informed regarding an incident at West Ottawa High School this morning. Due to an isolated student incident, West Ottawa High School went into a lockdown situation for a short period of time. After the isolated incident was resolved, the school operated under shelter in place while the WOHS administration worked with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department on the matter. As of 11:20 a.m. we have resumed all normal school activities. We will follow up with more information to parents at a later time.”

At 11:26 a.m., the school tweeted that the lockdown had been lifted and that normal school activities were resuming. However, no further details were released.

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