Student shooting leads to lockdown at middle school

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – On Tuesday, a student shooting close to Grand Rapids’ Alger Middle School, located near Alger Street SE and Eastern Avenue, resulted in an emergency hospitalization. The unfortunate incident occurred after midday in a city park near the school. Reports confirm that the victim’s injuries are non-life-threatening, as declared by Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Eric Wintsrom.

Larry Johnson, Grand Rapids Public Schools Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Public Safety & School Security, relayed that the student’s parents were with their child. He also revealed that among the individuals involved in the incident were two students.

Details leading to the episode remain unclear, according to Leadriane Roby, the district’s Superintendent. Meanwhile, the other student involved is currently cooperating with investigators. Roby also confirmed that police had possession of the gun used in the incident and that the school would timely notify parents as more information emerged.

The school instated a “code red,” initiating a lockdown immediately after the shooting. As of Tuesday afternoon, the students continued to shelter, with the school shifting to “Code Yellow,” ensuring their safety within classrooms, as per Roby.

Outside the school, parents were waiting anxiously to receive their children, with some indicating their decision not to send their children back to school for the remaining term.