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Rumors fan fears in Kalispell amidst school closures

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KALISPELL - On the same day that many Flathead Valley schools were closed due to threats, the Kalispell Center Mall had an encounter of its own.

Police responded to a call from the mall reporting that three young adults were brandishing knives in the center of the building.

Officers arrived at the scene at around 11 a.m. and contacted the men. All three were arrested in front of Bath & Body Works and taken out of the mall without threats toward the police or mall customers.

Kalispell Police Chief Roger Nasset says the situation was handled quickly, but social media rumors created an unwarranted amount of fear in the community and created obstacles for officers.

Nasset said, "Since last night when we started investigating the initial threats that came into the school district, we’ve had several things that have been blown out of proportion on social media, and right now it’s really being a major detriment to our investigation with the school situation, plus we are kind of finding ourselves chasing our tail, looking for these things that are going out on social media that aren’t actually happening.”

Nasset says the Kalispell Police Department has a Facebook page that will announce any major crimes and the public should refer to that, not unofficial rumors.

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