Backpack that sent school into lockdown not believed to be bigger threat
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's office will continue to investigate the suspicious backpack that caused Traverse City West High School to go into a lockdown Thursday afternoon.
Dozens of Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Traverse City West High School Thursday after a suspicious bag full of knives and ammunition was found in one of the school fields.
The contents of the backpack is what was alarming. Inside was a machete, 5 utility knives, 2 folding knives, 4 single blade knives, a poncho, a metal mess kit, steel wool, 3 disposable razor blades, a flashlight with no batteries and 2 boxes of gun ammunition among other items.
The sheriff's office believes these items in the backpack to be stolen, but they will continue to investigate how and why the backpack was placed near the school. At this time officers do not believe the school to be in any danger.
Sheriff's Department officials advised the school that locking down was not necessary, but the school decided to do it as a precaution.
The school and surrounding areas were searched with dogs and no additional suspicious items were found.
Deputies are considering the bag as simply lost property, there was no identification. Nothing in the bag was illegal.