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2 Arrested After Fight Triggers Lockdown At Grand Rapids School

Reports say one person was armed with a pipe

April 25, 2018 - 2:20 pm

GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) - Two people have been arrested following a fight that tiggered a lockdown Wednesday at a Grand Rapids school.

According to Grand Rapids Public Schools administrators, a main office staffer saw a fight break out between two people across the street from Gerald R. Ford Academic Center on Wednesday; and when one them tried to flee, approaching the school building, the school was put on lockdown. 

A spokesperson for the school said the doors were locked, and the suspect was not able to get inside. 

The district ran a robocall to parents informing them of the situation and assuring them all students and staff were safe and secure. They said a letter will go home to parents at the end of the day. "We want to commend the staff in the main office," the district added in a statement. "They took quick and decisive action in accordance with our protocols and their training.

Police responded, surrounding  a house in the 800 block Madison Avenue as they searched for the suspects, who were taken into custody a short time later. 

WOOD TV reported that one person was seen armed with a pipe; but school officials said, contrary to media accounts, there were no weapons found.

The lockdown at the school lasted about an hour. 

No details about the suspects or the altercation were immediately released.