Flathead Valley schools closed Friday - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Flathead Valley schools closed Friday

Posted: Updated:

Thousands of students and teachers are forced to stay home for a second day in a row, as schools in the Flathead Valley will remain closed Friday due to threats made on students there. 

The threats surface just one day after a school shooting in Rockford, Washington, which left one student dead, and three others injured.

Emotions of shock, confusion, and even fear are resonating throughout the Flathead Valley Thursday night,

"Hearing that every school in the valley was closed was pretty shocking," says one mother.

"I thought it was the safest place for kids in a way," says another.

Our safe havens for our children, our schools in Flathead County, have been forced to close their doors upon receiving what law enforcement is calling "digital threats" via text and email.

"At this point,” says Jack Eggensperger, Flathead County Superintendent of Schools. “We know that Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Smith Valley and West Valley, received the threats."

The digital threats were sent late Wednesday night - - first to Columbia Falls High School.

Then they spread to other schools in the county, although, the superintendent would not elaborate on the content of these messages.

As a precautionary measure, almost 30 schools decided to cancel classes.

This included several preschools, after-school programs, and Flathead Valley Community College.

“Every school district has a plan, an emergency operation plan, and they vary from a little bit from district to district depending on their location and what they have, their facilities that they have," says Eggensperger.

Right now, the Flathead County sheriff's office and the Columbia Falls police department are teaming with the FBI to identify the suspects.

The sheriff says they are interviewing "Persons of interest."

Deputies and officers are adding extra patrols around area schools, all in an effort to keep our children safe,

“There will be an additional police presence for a few more days,” says Eggensperger.  “Our number one priority is safety of students and staff."

Because for some, the fear is already lingering,

"You know cause people can make threats and not go through with them,” One mother we spoke with went on to say. “And then not make any threats and then the next week just so up so that's terrifying."

Also, as a precaution, all offices and the early childhood center are closed Friday as well.

Eggensperger says all extra-curricular activities that needed to leave the school before 10:00 a.m. Friday are also canceled.

The decision to hold activities, planned for Friday afternoon and Saturday, will be made Friday morning, and, of course, we will let you know.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Missing person reported in Flathead County

    Missing person reported in Flathead County

    Friday, July 20 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-07-20 13:33:44 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-07-20 13:33:44 GMT

    Sheriff Chuck Curry says Alex Ruth Beltran was last seen driving her 1998 Light Green Toyota Rav 4, with Montana plate 785019A.

    Sheriff Chuck Curry says Alex Ruth Beltran was last seen driving her 1998 Light Green Toyota Rav 4, with Montana plate 785019A.

  • Flushing acid down the toilet: lab cleanup forces US 287 shutdown and town evacuation

    Flushing acid down the toilet: lab cleanup forces US 287 shutdown and town evacuation

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:08 AM EDT2018-07-20 05:08:06 GMT
    Missoula County Explosives Ordinance Disposal Team preparing for action. July 17, 2018. Photo credit: EPAMissoula County Explosives Ordinance Disposal Team preparing for action. July 17, 2018. Photo credit: EPA

    Some of the chemicals at the lab in Norris were so volatile that the risk of transporting them was too great, and experts decided to do a controlled detonation at the site of the lab.

    Some of the chemicals at the lab in Norris were so volatile that the risk of transporting them was too great, and experts decided to do a controlled detonation at the site of the lab.

  • Finally, indisputable proof: Bigfoot spotted in northern California

    Finally, indisputable proof: Bigfoot spotted in northern California

    Friday, January 9 2015 6:52 PM EST2015-01-09 23:52:03 GMT
    Saturday, January 10 2015 4:33 PM EST2015-01-10 21:33:06 GMT
    ROSEVILLE, Cali.- There is new, indisputable proof that Bigfoot exists, and has been spending most of his time in northern California. The footage was sent to a Paranormal group by a photographer/videographer who specializes in aerial videography using a quadcopter. A quadcopter is a drone that is lifted and propelled by 4 rotors.
    ROSEVILLE, Cali.- There is new, indisputable proof that Bigfoot exists, and has been spending most of his time in northern California. The footage was sent to a Paranormal group by a photographer/videographer who specializes in aerial videography using a quadcopter. A quadcopter is a drone that is lifted and propelled by 4 rotors.
  • Libby fire burning 1.5 miles away from WR Grace vermiculite mine

    Libby fire burning 1.5 miles away from WR Grace vermiculite mine

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:53 AM EDT2018-07-20 15:53:59 GMT
    photo courtesy: John Blodgett, The Western Newsphoto courtesy: John Blodgett, The Western News

    Kootenai National Forest officials say multiple agencies responded Thursday when the fire started. The fire is 1.5 miles away from the former W.R. Grace vermiculite mine, and it's a high priority to keep the fire away from the old mine.

    Kootenai National Forest officials say multiple agencies responded Thursday when the fire started. The fire is 1.5 miles away from the former W.R. Grace vermiculite mine, and it's a high priority to keep the fire away from the old mine.

  • Scott Street to close through September for water main installation

    Scott Street to close through September for water main installation

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:46 PM EDT2018-07-17 18:46:13 GMT

    Starting on July 23, residents of the north side of Missoula may have to take detours on their commute as workers begin installing a new water main.  Knife River Estimator & Project Manager Justin Hubbard said in a press release that the installation of a water main will require a detour of Scott Street that will last through September 7.

    Starting on July 23, residents of the north side of Missoula may have to take detours on their commute as workers begin installing a new water main.  Knife River Estimator & Project Manager Justin Hubbard said in a press release that the installation of a water main will require a detour of Scott Street that will last through September 7.

  • Crews fighting lightning-caused fire in Northwest Montana

    Crews fighting lightning-caused fire in Northwest Montana

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:27 PM EDT2018-07-17 18:27:06 GMT

    80 firefighters are working to contain a lightning-caused wildfire in the Kootenai National Forest. 

    80 firefighters are working to contain a lightning-caused wildfire in the Kootenai National Forest. 

  • Montana quadriplegic athlete's camper trailer stolen in Utah

    Montana quadriplegic athlete's camper trailer stolen in Utah

    Friday, July 20 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-07-20 16:47:52 GMT
    Stolen camper, left (Joe Stone)Stolen camper, left (Joe Stone)
    Stolen camper, left (Joe Stone)Stolen camper, left (Joe Stone)

    A paraglider and athlete from Missoula reported that his pull-along camper was stolen in Utah. Joe Stone travels around the country competing in triathlons, paragliding and doing outreach for people with disabilities. 

    A paraglider and athlete from Missoula reported that his pull-along camper was stolen in Utah. Joe Stone travels around the country competing in triathlons, paragliding and doing outreach for people with disabilities. 

  • Video goes viral about Bozeman man's flag

    Video goes viral about Bozeman man's flag

    Friday, July 13 2018 6:49 PM EDT2018-07-13 22:49:39 GMT

    A Bozeman man says he came home on Tuesday and found a note on his door asking him to take down his American flag. 

    A Bozeman man says he came home on Tuesday and found a note on his door asking him to take down his American flag. 

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.