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"Low level" threat found at Sentinel High School

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MISSOULA - Sentinel High School students and staff participated in lockdown drills onFriday.

It was one of eight drills that are conducted throughout the year and this drill was scheduled in advance of the tragic events in Florida last week.

The school practice basic lockdown procedures that include remaining quiet and out of sight of any threat that is in the school. Administrators and the Sentinel school resource officer supervised the drill and it won't be the last one conducted at Sentinel.

MCPS spokeswoman Hatton Littman says overall the exercise was successful in preparing students for emergency procedures.

“The school decided to go ahead and inform parents about it ahead of time given that everybody is a little anxious and panicked to make sure people didn't feel surprised or concerned about it," Littman said. "The school did a great job talking the student body through it, it was a great experience and really positive for the school.”

What's being called a "low level" threat was also discovered at the school on Friday.

A message sent to Sentinel parents by principal Ted Fuller states that a pair of students reported threatening graffiti was found in the women’s bathroom in the main lobby.

Fuller says the threat was discovered in the middle of the school day, and an investigation was immediately begun. He added that five additional police officers were called to the school and stayed there for the remained of the school day.

Fuller stated that "any responsible student(s) identified will be subject to discipline".

The initial assessment determined this to be a low-level threat and poses little danger to public safety, according to Fuller. "We do take each threat seriously and complete a full investigation and assessment," Fuller said in the statement to parents.


Below is the letter that was sent to parents:

Dear Sentinel Community:

I want to commend our students for upholding the culture we have created as Spartans and the behaviors we expect of all Sentinel students. We teach and reinforce all students to be respectful and promote belonging for all, to be responsible and assume personal ownership for our community, and to be fully engaged and present in their educational experiences. 

Today, I addressed our students in morning announcements. I asked them to remember our shared values (see above), to be mindful on social media about negative remarks and rumors, to tell an adult if they are concerned about someone’s behavior, and to take seriously our lock down and safety procedures. I also asked that they leave their cell phones in the classroom when using a hall pass in order to reduce inappropriate phone use and eliminate excessive unsupervised time. We successfully implemented a lock down drill that was well executed by students and staff.

We did have two students report threatening graffiti within the women’s bathroom in our main lobby. This was discovered in the middle of the school day, and we immediately initiated an investigation. We also called in five additional police officers and maintained their presence through the end of the school day. Any responsible student(s) identified will be subject to discipline.

Our initial assessment determined this to be a low-level threat - meaning it poses little danger to public safety. However, we do take each threat seriously and complete a full investigation and assessment.

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Spartan principal, and I will continue to do everything I can to ensure our safety as a school community. If you have further questions don’t hesitate to call me at 728-2400 ext. 7032

Thank you,

Ted Fuller, Ed.D.
Principal – Sentinel High School
mobile - 406.546.8464
office - 406.728.2400 x 7032
outlook - tefuller@mcps.k12.mt.us
google – tefuller@mcpsmt.org
twitter - https://twitter.com/MT_Fuller
web – http://mcpsmt.org/sentinel"

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