Cellphone mistaken for gun prompts school lockdown in Belfield

BELFIELD, N.D. - Belfield Public School went into a brief lockdown Friday after a student reported seeing a suspicious man with a gun, which later was determined to be a cellphone.

BELFIELD, N.D. - Belfield Public School went into a brief lockdown Friday after a student reported seeing a suspicious man with a gun, which later was determined to be a cellphone.

The report came about 2 p.m., Superintendent Wade Northrop said. Administrators administered a lockdown and called the police. The Belfield Police Department and Stark County Sheriff's Office responded.

Officers were able to locate the suspicious man and determined the gun was actually a cellphone, Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said. The lockdown was lifted after 30 minutes and no one was injured.

All grades attend the same school complex in Belfield, in southwest North Dakota.

School officials alerted parents of the incident, Northrop said.

"Any time a student reports something like that, you have to take precautionary measures," Northrop said.