Threatening message on Snap Chat results in “soft lockdown” at elementary school

Print Article

By HILARY MATHESON

for the Hungry Horse News

Ruder Elementary School underwent a “soft lockdown” from approximately 2:15 p.m. until school let out at 3:25 p.m. without incident on Tuesday, according to Columbia Falls School District Superintendent Steve Bradshaw.

The lockdown followed a report that a photograph of a man holding a gun was allegedly sent to someone with a message through Snap Chat stating he lived by Ruder Elementary and that they could settle their disagreement in the parking lot, according to Bradshaw.

Bradshaw said neither the sender nor the recipient of the photo were students and it was reported by someone living out of the state.

Columbia Falls Police Department Sgt. Sean Murphy said investigating officers believe they have identified the suspect who sent the Snap Chat message. The investigation is ongoing.

During the lockdown, students remained in their classrooms as the school day continued. Police patrolled the building until dismissal and students were safely on buses, Bradshaw said.

“We try not to scare kids,” Bradshaw said. He noted that no one was on the playground at the time, but he did accompany a class from the gym, which is located in a separate building back to the main school building.

The district alerted families to the situation through automated messages after school let out. Bradshaw said the decision on when to alert families is done on a case-by-case basis. In this instance, Bradshaw said there were concerns that alerting families earlier would create a larger issue for police and people’s personal safety if too many people congregated in the parking lot.

“We felt there was more danger in alerting parents too early in case someone did show up in the parking lot with a gun,” Bradshaw said.

Print Article

Read More Front Page Slider

Which way West Glacier?

February 19, 2020 at 8:52 am | Hungry Horse News When it comes to a vision for West Glacier, many folks endorse preserving the landscape and way of life that makes the community one of the most special places on the planet. They realize just how lu...

Comments

Read More

Ruis project will transform Nucleus Avenue

February 19, 2020 at 7:17 am | Hungry Horse News Columbia Falls developer Mick Ruis has formally submitted plans for a project that promises to transform downtown. Ruis plans to build two new buildings on 1.5 acres of land in the city center. The ...

Comments

Read More

Float permits last resort official says

February 19, 2020 at 7:16 am | Lake County Leader A Forest Service official said a permit system for floating the North Fork of the Flathead would be the last resort in efforts to manage increasing recreation on the river. Glacier View/Hungry Horse...

Comments

Read More

FWP Commission declines to extend wolf season in Region 1

February 18, 2020 at 6:25 am | Hungry Horse News The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Feb. 13 to maintain the wolf hunting and trapping seasons and bag limit in Region 1 per 2019 regulations, despite a proposal on the table to extend the ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2020 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X