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Police apprehend elementary school intruder

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Lynne McMahon is like most parents, she wants to see her kids and grandkids do well.

"The kids today need to be protected," McMahon said.

That's why she's alarmed that a man tried to wander into nearby Westdale Elementary School early Wednesday morning.

Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl said the man was suffering from mental illness when he sought entry into the school.

"There was no indication at all by talking with him that he had focused on the school or targeted the school," Pussehl said.

The 53-year-old Saginaw Township man then entered the nearby Edgewood Assisted Living Center where he was apprehended by staff and taken into custody by police.The good news is that police said this all went on before the official start of school, there was only a breakfast program going on.

And in this case, Pussehl said the system worked.

"I credit the school personnel, when he approached them they said no you can't come in here, and he walked away," Pussehl said.

In a letter sent home on Wednesday, Principal Karen Volk said, "School staff immediately put our emergency action plan into place and students were sent into their classrooms." 

That's a relief for McMahon.

She said nothing comes before the safety of children.

"Safety is priceless," McMahon said.

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