Richland – Schools are closed for the day in a southwestern Michigan district after graffiti referencing guns was found and officials dealt with recent comments about possible violence.

Gull Lake Community Schools Superintendent Chris Rundle says in a message posted on the district’s website that in the past week there were “three occasions of inappropriate verbal comments made in reference to violence against peers” at Gull Lake Middle School.

Rundle also says graffiti was found in a boys’ bathroom and on a classroom desk referencing guns at the middle school. School officials are working to identify the person or people responsible for the graffiti, but they closed schools Tuesday as a precaution.

Schools are scheduled to reopen Wednesday with an increased police presence for the remainder of the school year.

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