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Langdon Area Public Schools went into lockdown Thursday morning

School officials declined to give details on what caused the lockdown other than to say there was a safety concern regarding a student. The incident happened in the high school and middle school building, but all the Langdon Area Public Schools went into lockdown, according to the school’s Facebook page.

Classes will continue, but the doors will remain locked Thursday and Friday, Steve Hochhalter, principal of the middle and high schools, said. All the doors for both schools are typically locked except for the main door next to the office. There is a panic button that would automatically lock the door if it is pushed.

When asked if the doors will be unlocked Monday, Hochhalter said that hadn’t yet been discussed.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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