Sheriff: Scare at Box Elder schools after student's 'suspicious messaging'

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The Douglas School District got a safety scare Thursday after law enforcement found "suspicious messaging" they say was made by a student on social media.

There is no current threat to staff or students, and the district has returned to normal operations.

The district was placed on secure status, meaning that outside doors were locked, visitors to campus were escorted and movement in the building was limited. Classroom activity continued.

Law enforcement were alerted to the messaging around 9:30 a.m. In less than an hour, the suspected student had been identified and found.

“The safety of the students and staff is our number one priority,” said Capt. Corey Brubakken. “This is one example of the high-level working relationship between law enforcement and area school districts. We all work quickly to identify and resolve issues that jeopardize the safety of our students.” 

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Box Elder Police Department will determine if criminal charges are appropriate.

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