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Billings West High School and the Career Center were on lockdown for part of Monday morning due to a threat made in a phone call to the high school before school started.

Police believe the threat was made by a student at Laurel High School. The resource officer at Laurel High made contact with the suspect, according to a press release issued Monday by Billings Police Department Capt. Neil Lawrence.

No arrests have been made.

Superintendent Greg Upham initially described the threat as possibly relating to a shooting at West High. In his press release, Lawrence wrote it was unknown what threats were made and unknown what "precipitated" the threats.

The threat was received at about 7:38 a.m., before school started. Police say a support staff employee at West High took the phone call and immediately contacted the school resource officer at West, who then notified BPD. Lockdowns went into effect shortly after the threat was made.

Once the suspect at Laurel High School was contacted, the lockdowns were lifted at about 8:47 a.m.

Upham said the district planned to initiate a mass robocall to residents about the incident. 

In explaining the lockdown at the Career Center, Upham said at one point there was a concern that a student there could have been involved. The BPD press release says the threat was made to both the Career Center and West High.

Students arriving during the lockdown were not allowed to go inside. During the lockdowns, BPD officers were present at both locations.

Laurel and Billings school resource officers are continuing to investigate the incident, according to Lawrence.

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