Bottineau Public Schools call off classes after receiving threat; Dakota College at Bottineau also receives threat


Bottineau Public School called off school Wednesday after the district administration received a threat, according to a message on the school district’s Facebook page. Dakota College at Bottineau also received a threat, according to a student who was taking a test Wednesday morning and was ordered to evacuate the building.

The school district had originally announced it would hold school, with security precautions, but decided to call off school altogether after receiving additional information.

Cecile Hoornaert, who takes online classes through North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, was on the Dakota College of Bottineau campus to take a proctored exam. She said students and administrators were ordered to leave the building because of the threat the campus received. She said she heard that students living in the dorms are on “lock down” and must have an escort if they decide to go outside.

Hoornaert said there are other rumors flying around town about the nature of the threat, which was said to be gun-related.

The school district’s Facebook page said the Bottineau County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating.

No further information was immediately available from the sheriff’s department on Wednesday.

– Andrea Johnson