Update: Grand Rapids Schools Running Again After Lockdown

By KBJR News 1

January 4, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Grand Rapids schools are up and running again after being put on lock down while police searched for a suicidal man at a nearby residence.

According to officials, a man has been taken into protective custody after authorities responded to a call of a person making suicidal threats.

It was also reported that the man may have been in possession of a firearm.

Around 6:30 this morning, authorities conducted an emergency ping of the individual's cell phone and learned that he may have been near the Robert J. Elkington Middle School. Later it pinged again in the area of Southwest Elementary School and then back in the area of the middle school.

Police notified the school district and limited access to both schools while they searched for the man. Buses and cars carrying students and staff were restricted from the drop off locations around the schools until police called the all clear.

Officers were able to locate the man at his home about one mile away from the Grand Rapids Middle School. He has been placed into protective custody and transported to an area hospital.

Further investigation revealed that at no time did the man access school property. Officials say actions taken by law enforcement and the school district were precautionary in nature until the man in question was located.

In a letter sent out by Superintendent Joe Silko, the schools are running as usual now and want to assure everyone that their schools are safe and secure.

Superintendent Silko went on to say that he is impressed with the level of safety and security by the local law enforcement and their quick response to the situation.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns