Authorities "communicating" with suspect in Flathead Co. School threat case


The Flathead County Sheriff on Saturday says that law enforcement have been communicating with the suspect responsible for sending threatening digital messages to area schools.

The communication has been through written electronic means.

Curry states the suspect has taken extraordinary measures to hide his electronic identity and location.

Columbia Falls and Kalispell police, the Flathead County sheriff's office and the FBI are investigating, and have already interviewed "persons of interest". "We have made, and continue to make progress in those efforts", Sheriff Curry added.

School officials have not yet decided if classes will resume on Monday. "We will contact you no later than 6pm on Sunday, September 17 with an update".

As always, the public safety of our community and our children remain our paramount concern and focus.

Officials have not released the contents of the threats, which were apparently sent by text and email, beginning Wednesday.

An ongoing investigation into threats made against the schools forced the schools to cancel classes on Thursday and Friday.

The following activities scheduled for this weekend have been canceled, with no make-up dates yet discussed.

Whitefish Schools Superintendent Heather Davis Schmidt said in a statement posted Friday morning on Facebook that "school districts throughout the valley will not be hosting or traveling to any athletic or extracurricular activities today and through the weekend".

Few details have been released about the threats as the investigation continues. "This is an ongoing investigation and therefore we can not discuss further details at this time". We thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation during this hard time.

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