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A screenshot posted on Facebook shows a message from Williston High School principal Jason Germundson about a "Code Orange" lockdown at WHS on Thursday.

Williston High School put a “Code Orange” lockdown in place because of what the principal called “a student in distress” on Thursday, the day after a school shooting in Florida left 17 dead.  No one was hurt and no weapons were used.

Williston police responded to a call about a disorderly student at the high school around 12:45 p.m. Thursday. A boy was detained and was cited for disorderly conduct, according to a news release from the Williston Police department.

The boy will be referred to the juvenile court system, police said. No weapons were used and no one was injured.

Police said because the case involved a juvenile they were unable to release any other information.

Last year, six juveniles were cited by the Williston police for disorderly conduct, according to Sgt. Detective Danielle Hendricks.

A screenshot of a message from WHS principal Jason Germundson was posted to Facebook Thursday evening. It was sent around 8 p.m. that day.

“On Thursday afternoon a code orange was issued at WHS due to a student in distress,” Germundson wrote. “This was a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students and staff. The situation was resolved immediately.”

A code orange is a limited lockdown, according to the WHS parent-student handbook. Students in class are supposed to go about their normal routine, but classroom doors are closed and locked and students are not allowed in the halls until an administrator lifts the alert.


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