Online threat to MAFB school investigated, no believed threat to public

MINOT, N.D. – Local and federal authorities are investigating a possible threat on social media made against one of the schools on Minot Air Force Base, though they say the threat does not appear to be credible.

The Ward County Sheriff’s Department says they received word late Wednesday of the possible threat, and have been in contact with the base and with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Investigators say the threat appears to be similar or the same to one received in other states, including Florida, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, all by the same social media account.

The school and its staff are aware of the situation. Although the threat does not appear credible, law enforcement is taking appropriate security precautions, including having a resource officer spend more time at the school.

Minot Public School Superintendent Dr. Mark Vollmer released the following statement regarding the threat:

Minot Public Schools take all threats seriously. The district is working directly with Security Forces, Base Command and the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.

After a thorough investigation, conducted by local, state, and federal investigators, we do not believe this to be a credible threat. Authorities will continue to investigate leads in order to find the source of the threat. Minot Air Force Base and the Ward County Sheriff’s office have increased security around our Minot Air Force Base schools today. Additional security will continue tomorrow as well.