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Students at ND school scanned with metal detector after shooting threat found on bathroom wall

NEW SALEM, N.D. -- After a writing on a bathroom wall threatened a shooting at the New Salem-Almont School Friday, law officers searched the entire building and scanned each student with a handheld metal detector.

Nothing was found, said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.

The graffiti on the bathroom wall stated there would be a shooting during the sixth period, which runs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 pm.

A 911 call was made after it was found and the sheriff’s office responded along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol shortly after 2 p.m.

The school of about 150 students had gone on lockdown and law officers searched the entire school, with the principal guiding them from classroom to classroom. After each student was scanned, they were released through a single exit. Buses ran earlier than usual to accommodate the students vacating the building.

“I want to commend the teachers and staff at New Salem High School for the very good job they did with following lockdown procedures,” Kirchmeier said. “They did exactly what they

needed to do.”

The sheriff said they will continue to investigate the incident. New Salem is about 30 miles west of Mandan along Interstate 94.