Minot’s Ramstad Middle School in lockdown after student receives threatening text

Update as of 2:17 p.m.:

Minot Police said through their investigation they have not been able to substantiate any credible threat in regard to Ramstad School or its students. The school has chosen to stay in lockdown for the rest of the day as a precaution. “We realize that these situations can cause a number of different reactions, however our focus will always be to ensure our community’s students are safe. We will always encourage students, staff, and the general public to report anything unusual they see or hear in regards to our schools.”

Security was stepped up at Erik Ramstad Middle School on Tuesday after a student there reported receiving a threatening text message on Tuesday morning.

“At this time we don’t see that there is an immediate threat,” said Superintendent Mark Vollmer, but he said there is an additional police presence at the middle school and there will be no outside activities for students on Tuesday. Students will continue attending classes inside the building as usual.

Vollmer said the Minot Police Department and the school staff are continuing to investigate the threat.

Vollmer said the student who reported the threatening message did the right thing.

“Thank goodness for this student,” said Vollmer. “We really need families and children to do that, when they see something that was off.”

Vollmer said the district takes school security measures seriously and will do everything they can to help improve security.

Ramstad was still in “lockdown” late Tuesday morning. Vollmer said parents have been alerted.

– Andrea Johnson