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Flathead Co. school classes canceled Friday amidst threat

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KALISPELL - Kalispell Public School Superintendent Mark Flateau announced Thursday evening that all Flathead Valley classes have been canceled on Friday, Sept. 15 as authorities continue to investigate threats against the schools.

Columbia Falls High School previously announced Thursday evening that classes will remain closed on Friday, September 15 as investigations continue into recent threats against the schools. 


Thursday classes have been canceled across northwest Montana due to what is being called a threat.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says his office, the Columbia Falls Police Department and the FBI began a joint investigation Wednesday evening, "following a series of electronic threats that area schools began receiving."

Sheriff Curry says 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.

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.

Sheriff Curry says as a precautionary measure extra patrols of area schools are in place as the investigation continues.

"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 it's 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.

The Whitefish Police Department is also assisting and making extra patrols around Whitefish schools and the City in general, according to Whitefish City Manager Adam Hammatt.

"If you come to City Hall today you will find we are keeping the doors locked but are still open for business.  We ask that you come through the front main entrance and knock for assistance" Hammatt said in a statement. "We apologize for this inconvenience and hope it doesn’t need to last long."

Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Whitefish school administrators announced that all school-related activities have been called off for Thursday.


(9.15.17 - first report)

KALISPELL - Thursday classes have been canceled across northwest Montana due to what is being called a  threat.

The Whitefish School District reports that school administrators in Columbia Falls, Kalispell, and Whitefish received anonymous threats via text message and email late Wednesday night.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says 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 says 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.

Kalispell School District Superintendent Mark Flatau said late Wednesday that the Kalispell Police Department is aware of the situation and an investigation is underway. Flatau will continue to send messages via e-mail, phone message, or text as more information becomes available, according to a statement.

Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Whitefish school administrators announced that all school-related activities have been called off for Thursday.

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 between all the law enforcement agencies in the county."

Whitefish Schools Superintendent Dr. Heather Davis Schmidt says that parents can contact the Whitefish School District office at (406) 862-8640 with any questions.

There are 23 school districts in Flathead County that have canceled school for Thursday.

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 cancelled. 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 ELEMENTARY
  • BIGFORK HIGH SCHOOL 
  • CAYUSE PRAIRIE
  • COLUMBIA FALLS ELEMENTARY 
  • COLUMBIA FALLS HIGH SCHOOL 
  • CRESTON 
  • DEER PARK 
  • EVERGREEN 
  • FAIR-MONT-EGAN 
  • FLATHEAD HIGH SCHOOL 
  • GLACIER HIGH SCHOOL 
  • HELENA FLATS
  • KALISPELL ELEMENTARY 
  • KALISPELL MIDDLE SCHOOL 
  • KILA
  • MARION 
  • OLNEY-BISSELL
  • PLEASANT VALLEY
  • SMITH VALLEY 
  • SOMERS/LAKESIDE 
  • SWAN RIVER
  • WEST GLACIER
  • WEST VALLEY 
  • WHITEFISH ELEMENTARY 
  • WHITEFISH HIGH SCHOOL 

Non-public schools

  • KALISPELL MONTESSORI
  • ST. MATTHEW'S
  • STILLWATER CHRISTIAN
  • TRINITY LUTHERAN 
  • WHITEFISH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
  • WOODLAND MONTESSORI

(9.14.17 report)

COLUMBIA FALLS - According to Columbia Falls High School's Facebook page, Thursday classes have been canceled. 

No other information was immediately available. 

Stick with KPAX for updates.

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