KALISPELL - Classes have been canceled for the rest of the week for many schools in Northwest Montana because of an ongoing investigation into "digital" threats made to area schools. School officials say local law enforcement and the FBI feel this is a credible threat and authorities say they do have some leads.
Most schools throughout the Flathead Valley were closed Thursday due to electronic threats sent by text or email with Flathead County Superintendent of Schools Jack Eggensperger saying he is aware of five districts receiving direct threats.
Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says they're working with the FBI and the Columbia Falls Police Department and have determined through their investigation the threats could be credible.
"We take these cases very seriously and especially in light of regional and national events that have happened in our schools. Our detectives, FBI Agents, officers from the Columbia Falls Police Department have been working all night pretty hard on this case," Sheriff Curry said Thursday.
Sheriff Curry says they have identified persons of interest in the case, "we're conducting interviews today and following up on any other leads that might exist. So we're on it and trying to identify these people as quickly as we can."
Any extracurricular activities or athletic events that would need to leave campus prior to 10:00 a.m. are also canceled for Friday. No decision has been made on those that occur after school on Friday or Saturday. School officials hope to have a decision by sometime this morning.