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DARBY - Threats made on social media and directed toward Darby school on Wednesday morning, prompting many parents to pull their kids out of school for the day.

However, classes will be in session on Thursday after investigators identified the device that posted the threats hundreds of miles away.

Darby High School was emptied after parents concerned for their children's safety came to get them after more threats made on social media were uncovered by students.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says the Wednesday morning threats that put Darby schools on high alert have been traced to a device hundreds of miles away -- and not in Montana.

“School is going to be open tomorrow, we are going to have an increased law enforcement presence, even from what we had today, but by all indications now, I think the threat is mitigated to the point that it is completely safe to go to school in Darby," Sheriff Holton said.

He says investigators from out of state agencies are now working to identify the person after a student brought a threat made toward Darby schools that they discovered on social media to administrators at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

It was similar to those made by Maclean William Kayser, and 18-year-old senior who was arrested Monday for threats he made about shooting people at school in recent weeks.

The school contacted parents in the wake of the most current threat and many came to pick up their students for the day.

“It's a really challenging situation to have the responsibility to, have that responsibility, and we feel the weight of that responsibility for the safety of all the kids," Darby School Superintendent Loyd Rennaker told MTN News.

Sheriff  Holton said their office and out of state agencies are working to determine if Kayser and the unidentified person know each other.

“We’re just not going to tolerate it, we’re going to take social media threats very seriously. If we have to take a team of investigators and pull them off every other case -- like we did today -- we’re going to track down where it originated from and we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure criminal charges are pressed on those people,” Sheriff Holton said.

The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging people to continue reporting any threats they hear or discover on social media sites.


(2.21.18 report)

DARBY - The Wednesday morning threats that put Darby schools on high alert have been traced to a device hundreds of miles away, and not in Montana, according to Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton.

Classes will be in session in all Darby school on Thursday, with an increased law enforcement presence at the schools and patrolling the area, Sheriff Holton said.

He says investigators from out of state agencies are now working to identify the person.

“School is going to be open tomorrow, we are going to have an increased law enforcement presence, even from what we had today, but by all indications now, I think the threat is mitigated to the point that it is completely safe to go to school in Darby,” he said.

A student brought a threat toward Darby school that they discovered on social media to administrators at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

It was similar to those made by Maclean William Kayser, and 18-year-old senior who was arrested Monday for threats he made about shooting people at school in recent weeks.

The school got ahold of law enforcement and contacted parents, and many came to pick up their students for the day, said Loyd Rennaker, superintendent of Darby schools. Rennaker said it has been a difficult time for their students in school.

Sheriff Holton said their office and out of state agencies are working to determine if Kayser and the unidentified person know each other. In the past few years, multiple other school threats have occurred in Ravalli County, he added.

“We’re just not going to tolerate it, we’re going to take social media threats very seriously. If we have to take a team of investigators and pull them off every other case like we did today."

"We’re going to track down where it originated from and we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure criminal charges are pressed on those people,” Sheriff Holton concluded.

The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office, the Darby Marshal, and the Darby School District are working together to provide a safe and secure school environment, according to a statement.

Sheriff Holton said that anyone who receives or notices threats of potential violence should notify the Sheriff's Office immediately, so actions can be taken to provide security and initiate an investigation.

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