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Sheriff’s Office investigating Frenchtown schools threat

Posted at 2:49 PM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 18:45:15-05

FRENCHTOWN – The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to look into an incident that prompted classes at all Frenchtown schools to be canceled on Friday.

High school administrators were informed on Thursday evening that a student made a threat to bring a firearm to school and use it to commit acts of violence against fellow students.

The school posted on their website that the student’s parents and law enforcement were notified, and out of an “abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel school tomorrow to permit the investigation and the threat assessment to proceed.”

Deputies were notified on Thursday about a conversation that took place on a Frenchtown school bus about a possible school shooting event, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Brenda Bassett. The witnesses who overheard the conversation notified their parents who then got in touch with school officials.

The Sheriff’s Office has opened an active investigation and Bassett says that the “detectives who are investigating will determine what action needs to be taken based on the context and content of that conversation.”

The threat prompted Frenchtown school officials to call off classes at all schools on Thursday evening.

School will resume at the normal time on Tuesday.

Story by Mark Thorsell, MTN News