Threat prompts temporary school lockdown in Belcourt, students dismissed early

Courtesy: MGN

BELCOURT, N.D. – UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Bureau of Indian Affairs says officers took an eighth-grade male into custody in connection with the threat that prompted a temporary lockdown of Turtle Mountain Community Schools Thursday morning.

They say area schools followed protocol by going into lockdown as a precautionary measure. Schools lifted the lockdown roughly a half hour later once officers determined the area was safe.

They say officers responded to the school and took the boy into custody. Officers have spoken with the boy’s parents and are investigating the incident.


ORIGINAL STORY: A threat from a student prompted a temporary lockdown of Turtle Mountain Community Schools Thursday morning.

Parents of students say they received an automated message that the schools had gone into lockdown at 9:20 a.m. and that there was no access allowed to any of the buildings.

A second message sent out later in the morning stated the lockdown had been lifted, and law enforcement had resolved the issue.

Students were dismissed early, and after-school activities were canceled.

We have reached out to the school district and law enforcement for more details and will update as we learn more.