We received the following press release from the Lowell Area Police Department.
December 13, 2021
Dear Lowell Area Community,
On December 8th, the Lowell Police Department and Superintendent Nate Fowler participated in an area-wide meeting with local school officials, local police chiefs, Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young, and Kent County Prosecutor, Chris Becker. The meeting was an open forum to discuss threats against schools, law enforcement response and recourses, and school action plans. The following is a result of that meeting:
School and law enforcement leaders from across Kent County continue to work together in our shared responsibility to keep all children, students, educators, and the community safe.
In the wake of the recent tragedy at the Oxford Community Schools, we want to assure you that we take this responsibility very seriously. This is why our organizations are in frequent communication and have long-standing partnerships.
There has been an increase in threats directed at schools across the state. Because we take each and every threat seriously, we are asking for your help to educate your children and the broader community about the seriousness of making threats. Making threats is a crime and schools, law enforcement, and the Kent County Prosecutor will work together to hold individuals who make threats to schools responsible for their actions.
The best way to keep our community safe is by reporting threats as soon as they are made. If you see something, say something. Please report all threats immediately to law enforcement and school officials. We encourage individuals to use anonymous tip lines through Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
We also encourage those with young people in their lives to monitor their mental wellness and be aware of signs of depression or distress during this difficult time. If a young person in your life needs help, please contact the Kent County Crisis Services line at 616-336-3909 to be referred to additional local resources and services.
Our children deserve a learning environment free from worry about senseless acts of violence. With your help, we can work together to keep our communities and schools safe.
Chief of Police
Lowell Police Department