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Bomb threat at Waubun school

Authorities are investigating a bomb threat at the Waubun High School that lead to a school evacuation Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s office, the threat, which was in written form, was found around 1:40 p.m.

The sheriff’s office, the White Earth Police Department and the Waubun Fire Chief responded to the call to help school officials determine whether the threat was credible enough to warrant an evacuation.

“And it was,” said Brandon Lunak, superintendent of the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District, adding that whether they believed the threat to be a dangerous situation or not, they took it seriously and followed protocol.

“We divide the students and staff into two parts, both going to safe places,” said Lunak. “All students are accounted for and we probably had that building emptied in five minutes.”

Law enforcement then entered the school to conduct a sweep of the facility, which turned up nothing.

Sheriff Doug Krier says the “all clear” was given at 2:38 p.m. and students and staff were allowed back in the building.

Lunak says students were not told of the threat when they were being evacuated, and the process was calm, safe and efficient.

“This wasn’t a drill, and so you always kind of wonder how things will go in the event something happens because this isn’t something you practice every day, and I couldn’t be prouder of the students and staff for keeping their composure and following protocol they way they were supposed to.”

Lunak says the incident is being investigated, but at this point they don’t know who left the note.

If the investigation does turn up a suspect, that person could face some stiff penalties.

“I think that situation could potentially involve expulsion, and from what law enforcement tells us, because of the type of threat it was, we can also prosecute for that,” said Lunak, “so we will use all of our legal rights within this case to come down on this individual.”