MMHS, Kennedy Elementary have routine K-9 sweep

MANISTEE — Manistee Middle/High School and Kennedy Elementary School went into secure mode on Thursday morning for a routine Michigan State Police K-9 search.

The routine sweep was done in conjunction with the Manistee City Police. The reason for going into Secure Mode while it was conducted was to keep the students away from the K-9 unit as they conducted sweep.

Superintendent Ron Stoneman said periodic sweeps of this nature are not uncommon and there wasn’t any incident that prompted the sweep.

“This was just routine and sometimes they are communicated by law enforcement that they have new dogs or would like to have the opportunity to do it,” said Stoneman. “Sometimes we can coordinate it randomly and other times we are contacted for their exercise.”

Stoneman said nothing was found by the K-9 Unit with the sweeps at either Kennedy Elementary School or the Manistee Middle School building.

The middle school/high school building was in secure mode from 9:10 am until 10:10 a.m. Secure mode at Kennedy Elementary ended at 10:30 a.m. and students returned to normal daily schedules.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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