BISMARCK, N.D. - Hundreds of students at eight Bismarck Public Schools were affected as officers searched for Ulises Villalobos.
Thursday morning, Century High, Horizon Middle, as well as Liberty, Northridge and Centennial Elementary schools went into shelter in place after law enforcement advised school administrators to do so.
At 12:50 p.m., the shelters in place at those five schools was lifted.
Then, around 2:15 p.m. Simle Middle and Miller and Murphy Elementary schools went into shelter in place as a safety precaution.
All of these schools are in east Bismarck.
While the shelter in place was in effect until the end of the school day, all students were still released at their normal time
“That was a decision that was made under advisory of law enforcement and what they believed what was going on with the situation. We decided to release students as normal. There wasn't, at the time, believed to be a threat to student or staff safety,” said Becky LaBella, BPS Safety Coordinator.
LaBella says a shelter in place typically means the schools lock the front door but leave the classrooms unlocked.
Students are free to move within the building.
That was the case today as well and recess was indoors or cancelled.