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Cyber threats keep Flathead County schools closed Monday


KALISPELL - Flathead County students will have another day off as investigators continue to probe a cyber threat that forced all schools to close on Thursday and Friday.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says local, federal and international agencies are continuing to "work around the clock on the cyber terrorism case that has affected our area schools".  

Sheriff Curry added Sunday that investigators continue to make progress in identifying and determining the location of the suspect in this case.

During the course of the investigation, investigators found that the suspect had “hacked” the Columbia Falls school district network.  The depth of the intrusion is currently under investigation, but Sheriff Curry says investigators discovered the suspect gained access to student and staff names and contact information. 

The suspect began electronically contacting a random small group of those parents with disturbing, graphic, personalized threats on Saturday, according to Sheriff Curry.

"We have, however, developed no information that leads us to believe that the suspect is actually in our area. The suspect could, in fact, be behind a keyboard anywhere in the world," Sheriff Curry said in a statement.

Law enforcement will spend Monday helping area schools with security assessments and will maintain a law enforcement presence in our schools until the suspect e are able to apprehend the suspect, or further discredit the threat.

Whitefish Schools Superintendent Heather Davis Schmidt says that all staff in Whitefish School District  -- and schools throughout Flathead Valley -- will report to school on Monday.

Law enforcement will have a presence on all public school campuses on Tuesday and student activities and athletics will also resume on Tuesday, according to Davis Schmidt.

Columbia Falls High School administrators have scheduled two parent meetings on Monday to provide an update with the latest information on the threat situation.

Local law enforcement and Superintendent Steve Bradshaw will be providing information to parents and the community at  12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the high school.

Flathead Valley Community College has announced that they will resume all operations at the Kalispell and Libby campuses on Monday with classes, activities and events to be held as scheduled.

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