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No school in Cascade on Wednesday due to threat

Cascade Public Schools
No school in Cascade on Wednesday due to bomb threat
Posted at 10:06 PM, Jan 16, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-17 23:59:33-05

GREAT FALLS — There will be no classes at Cascade Public Schools on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. School officials said that a bomb threat was received via email at about 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

As a result, all classes and school-related events and activities for Wednesday have been canceled.

School officials said in a news release: "While the threat level appears to be low and not immediate, we are not taking any chances and want to exercise caution until the authorities can clear the building of any posed threat."

Several other school districts across the region received similar threatening messages on Tuesday, including Great Falls, East Helena, Fort Benton, Highwood, and Big Sandy. At this point, there has been no evidence of any explosives or any other credible danger.

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Great Falls Public Schools said in a news release: "Great Falls Public Schools plans to continue with our regular school schedule at this time. There will be an increased law enforcement presence in place in and around our schools that guides our response in the event of a threat. The safety of our school communities is our No. 1 priority. If Parents choose to keep their children home tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17, 2024, please notify your child’s school and the absence will be excused."

Fort Benton: "The Fort Benton Police Department along with Fort Benton School administration are actively clearing both schools. NO threat is present at this time."

Highwood: "Our school worked with local law enforcement to conduct a check of our building. It has been searched and cleared. Unless law enforcement directs us otherwise, we will have school tomorrow as normal."

Big Sandy: Sheriff's Office and staff searched both campuses thoroughly and found nothing suspicious. "Unless we hear otherwise from law enforcement, we are planning to hold school as usual."

Bozeman: "We are appreciative of Bozeman Police Department (BPD) patrol officers and our SROs who have walked through all buildings following the widely distributed email bomb threat across the state last evening. We are proceeding with school at all sites today. You may notice an increased law enforcement presence at the schools as we continue to work and monitor the situation."

Jefferson County Sheriff Tom Grimsrud said that schools in Jefferson County were also impacted, including Whitehall High School, Jefferson High School, and Montana City School. The Sheriff's Office conducted a sweep of all school facilities, and no suspicious devices were found.

We will update you when we get more information.


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