More schools in the region are taking steps to protect studentsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Continued threats of school violence resulted in more schools taking steps today to protect students.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Continued threats of school violence resulted in more schools taking steps today to protect students.
Minot schools called off classes. Barnesville and Aberdeen schools went into lockdown. And Davies High School in South Fargo had an assessment team meet to deal with rumors of violence.
It is this kind of normalcy that school administrators strive for in the wake of any kind of school violence, but sadly this week, schools in our area continue to wrestle with a string of rumors and threats that start as a whisper then snowball via Facebook, twitter and texting into a roar. From students to parents.
The students were completely safe today.
Here at Davies, an assessment team met to sort out rumors of school violence. No threat was found. So school went on, doors open.
Troy Cody/Davies Principal: "Our goal is to get the building back to normal
as quickly as we can being sensitive to everyone's emotional needs."
Meantime here in Barnesville the school is in lockdown for the second day in a row, not because of a threat but rumor of a threat, and administrators here are joining other school officials in asking the media to do a little self examination of itself, when is coverage of threats and lockdown adding to the problem.
Nancy Jordheim/Asst. Superintendent-Fargo: "I think social media is a problem for us, I don't want to have you think it is not but it is a school community parent and school issue and we have to be sensitive to that because it is that old fashioned gossip line, that often has no facts."
Today, students from our region spent their final day in school before heading home for Christmas break. It is hoped they return next month to an atmosphere free of fear.
And this afternoon, North Dakota's U-S Attorney Tim Purdon, said a woman has been arrested for repeatedly calling in bomb threats to the Minot Air Force Base that forced the lockdown of Head Start and schools there. She was arrested in California.