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Law Enforcement Investigates Alleged Threats

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An open investigation continues after alleged text messaging threats were reported in the Three Forks School District.

"There were alleged text messages involved," said Sheriff Brian Gootkin, Gallatin County. "Right now, we are investigating all of the sources of those text messages."

Last week, threatening text messages involving juveniles in Three Forks were reported to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.

"There was a student threat that was reported to law enforcement right away," said Robert DoBell, Three Forks Middle and High School Principal.

"There was a student or students that were involved. Again, that is something we are investigating,"said Gootkin. "We're looking into everything, but at no time we're there any threats directly related to the Three Forks school."

Rumors eventually spread through social media, worrying many parents and students.

"People and myself were a little bit surprised that something like this happened," said DoBell. "We asked every teacher to go over it with their first period classes. Then, the school resource officer and myself went to each classroom to answer questions that students might have."

Gootkin said the threats were not at all aimed at the school.

"Automatically people believe what they see on social media and they think it's the facts ," said Gootkin. "There were no facts supporting the rumors and it never involved the school."

Law enforcement was present at the schools on Monday and Tuesday to ensure parents and students that the school was safe.

"School Resource Officer Paul Griffin was there on Tuesday morning and so was Sergeant Peterson," said Gootkin. "They have been working closely with the Three Forks schools."

DoBell said after the investigation is complete, the student or students involved could face consequences.

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