Schools are closed for the day in a southwestern Michigan district after graffiti referencing guns was found and officials dealt with recent comments about possible violence.
Gull Lake Community Schools Superintendent Chris Rundle says in a message posted on the district's website that in the past week there were "three occasions of inappropriate verbal comments made in reference to violence against peers" at Gull Lake Middle School.
Rundle also says graffiti was found in a boys' bathroom and on a classroom desk referencing guns at the middle school. School officials are working to identify the person or people responsible for the graffiti, but they closed schools Tuesday as a precaution.
Schools are scheduled to reopen Wednesday with an increased police presence for the remainder of the school year.
The following is a statement from the school found on their website:
Good afternoon, this is Superintendent Chris Rundle.
At Gull Lake Middle School (GLMS) over the past week we have identified three occasions of inappropriate verbal comments made in reference to violence against peers. These comments did not specify shootings at GLMS. These students have all received appropriate discipline.
We have also investigated two occasions of graffiti at GLMS, one in the boys bathroom and a second on a classroom desk. Both of these writings have referenced guns at GLMS on June 5th. At this point in time we have not been able to positively identify the writer(s) of the graffiti. These investigations will continue.
To proceed on the side of safety all Gull Lake Community School Buildings will be closed on June 5th. In addition, Added Advantage Child Care (AACC) and all after school activities on GLCS campus are cancelled. MHSAA regional competitions at other sites will continue as planned.
Also, there will not be any transportation for KRESA programs on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
The Gull Lake High School Awards Morning Assembly will be cancelled. This event will be combined with the evening honors assembly at Grace Spring Church starting at 7:00 p.m. Law enforcement will be present.
School will reopen on June 6th district wide with an increased police presence for the remainder of the school year.
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