UPDATE: Man arrested following 2nd lockdown of Turtle Mountain High School

BELCOURT, N.D. - UPDATE 8:30 P.M.: The Turtle Mountain Community Schools district posted on its Facebook page that law enforcement arrested a man who has no association with the school during today’s lockdown, the second in two days.

According to the district Facebook page, the school went into lockdown around 11:20 a.m. and the situation was resolved around 2:30 p.m.

The school district wants to reiterate that none of the emergency procedures Tuesday or Wednesday had to do with a student from the school, but rather individuals outside of the school system through social media posts.

Most after-school activities were cancelled for today, and the students were let out early.

The district will update parents on their safety procedures next week at parent-teacher conferences.


ORIGINAL POST 3:56 P.M.: For the second day in a row, school administrators with the Turtle Mountain Community Schools placed the high school in a lockdown, according to the school district’s Facebook page.

Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the district posted that the school was operating in containment to address "additional concerns" stemming from Tuesday’s incident, and that the students and staff were safe.

Roughly an hour later, the district then posted that the school went into lockdown, with students, staff and the public not allowed to leave or enter the building.

Students were dismissed early from school, starting at 3 p.m.

The district canceled all after-school activities, except for the school’s baseball game in Rugby.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the school was made aware of a potential threat over Facebook to the high school by a student, forcing the schools to go into lockdown.

Local police detained the student and questioned them, along with other students.

The district posted that parents were also showing concerns over not receiving full phone messages from the school due to the volume of calls going out.

The district is encouraging parents to following ‘Turtle Mountain Community Schools’ on Facebook for updates.

The district will post an update on the situation with more information later today.