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Man arrested after threats lock down school
HASTINGS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - All day Delton-Kellogg Elementary kept its doors locked, a police officer stationed in front.
The threat that had police and administrators in three counties tightening security came into the Barry County Sheriff's Office early this morning.
"Our 911 center got a call, an anonymous call saying there was a specific suspect, they named him, saying he was high and was going to shoot up an elementary school in Barry County," says Sheriff Dar Leaf.
Barry County deputies arrested the 50-year-old man named in the call, who sources say is Michael Bourdo, at his home in Delton.
At the same time the sheriff's office warned Kalamazoo and Allegan counties about the threats and schools there also tightened security and increased police patrols.
"We've been increasing our patrols both outside as well as inside and the parents have been very appreciative of this," says Barry Township Police Chief Victor Pierce.
Shandy Kloth who has a son in preschool at Delton-Kellogg decided she wanted to be safe and take her son our of class and take him home.
"Because I was just a little worried, didn't know very much about what was going on, just a little bit of it," says Kloth.
Deputies tell us they did find a meth lab and a gun inside Bourdo's home. There was also a three year old child staying there.
Sheriff Dar Leaf now says he doesn't think Bourdo was ever going to commit a crime at a school, but he says they can't risk not taking action.
"We always have to take these seriously, you never know, it's been going on around the country and copycats, we always have to take these seriously," says Leaf.
Bourdo was arraigned on a probation violation on Friday, he's scheduled to be arraigned on drug and weapons charges Saturday.
He has three previous drug crime convictions.
Deputies say they are still looking for the person who made the 9-1-1 call Friday morning.