UPDATE (7:35 p.m.) – Columbia Falls High School announced Thursday evening that classes will remain closed on Friday, as investigations continue into recent threats against the schools.
UPDATE (11:50 a.m.) – Sheriff Curry said the threats started with the Columbia Falls School District and eventually spread to other area schools via text or email. About 30 Flathead County schools, including Flathead Valley Community College were affected by the school threats.
“There are unfortunately always threats to schools and it’s up to the school administration and us in law enforcement to attempt to verify the validity of that threat if we feel if its credible or not,” Sheriff Curry told MTN News.
“In this case certainly, we feel it could potentially be credible so that’s why we’re working as hard as we can and I think it was probably prudent for some of the schools to cancel classes today,” Sheriff Curry added.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Flathead County Detective Division at (406) 758-5610.
Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Whitefish school administrators announced that all school-related activities have been called off for Thursday.
KALISPELL – Thursday classes have been canceled across northwest Montana due to what is being called a threat.
The Whitefish School District reported that school administrators in Columbia Falls, Kalispell, and Whitefish received anonymous threats via text message and email late Wednesday night.
Kalispell School District Superintendent Mark Flatau said the Kalispell Police Department is aware of the situation and an investigation is underway.
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said his office, the Columbia Falls Police Department and the FBI began a joint investigation on Wednesday evening, “following a series of electronic threats that area schools began receiving.”
Sheriff Curry said the threats started with the Columbia Falls School District and eventually spread to other area schools via text or email.
Investigators from all the involved agencies have worked throughout the night, and are continuing to follow up on leads and have identified and are speaking with persons of interest, according to Sheriff Curry.
Extra patrols of area schools are in place and anyone with any information is asked to contact the Flathead County Detective Division at (406) 758-5610.
Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Whitefish school administrators announced that all school-related activities have been called off for Thursday. The main concern right now is the safety of students and staff, which is what prompted the closures.
The Whitefish Police Department released the following statement on Thursday morning.
“We cannot release any information at this time, but there is an active joint investigation being conducted by all the law enforcement agencies in the county.”
All schools in Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Whitefish, Evergreen, West Valley, and Bigfork are closed.
Flathead Valley Community College has also called off Thursday classes.
Flathead Valley Community College’s Kalispell campus is closed today, Wednesday, September 14. All classes are canceled. All offices and the Early Childhood Center are closed.
We will continue to bring you more information as we learn more.
The following schools are listed as closed, according to the Flathead County website:
BIGFORK HIGH SCHOOL
COLUMBIA FALLS ELEMENTARY
COLUMBIA FALLS HIGH SCHOOL
FLATHEAD HIGH SCHOOL
GLACIER HIGH SCHOOL
KALISPELL MIDDLE SCHOOL
WHITEFISH HIGH SCHOOL
WHITEFISH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY