STANTON — The Central Montcalm Public School district went into a “soft lockdown” Tuesday morning as police searched for a car thief suspect on the Heartland Trail.
Central Montcalm school resource officer Sherrill Houser decided the district should go into a lockdown around 11 a.m. after she was alerted to the news that a man had attempted to break into a vehicle at Montcalm Community College in Sidney.
The man headed north on foot on the Heartland Trail after attempting to break into the vehicle. Houser assisted Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies in searching for the man.
“Being unaware of the specifics of the situation, Central Montcalm chose to go into a soft lockdown to ensure the safety of our students,” said Superintendent Kristi Teall.
A soft lockdown means no one can enter or exit the school. The lockdown was lifted later that morning.
“We don’t want to overreact, but we don’t want to underreact either,” said Houser of her recommendation to go into a soft lockdown.
Houser has worked as the district’s school resource officer since March.
A letter was sent home with students on Tuesday alerting parents and guardians to the incident.
Montcalm County sheriff’s officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment about whether the car thief suspect had been apprehended.