Bigfork Schools Searched After Hoax Bomb Threat

The search was completed late Wednesday night with no credible threat identified

By Dillon Tabish
Bigfork High School on Oct. 6, 2014. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

An unfounded bomb threat at Bigfork High School on Wednesday prompted a search by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and detection dogs.

Superintendent Matt Jensen said he was made aware of a threat written on the wall of a science lab in the high school around 3 p.m., May 11. School was not in session at the time but community groups and some students were at the site and were evacuated. School officials contacted the sheriff’s office and both the high school and adjacent middle school were closed while a search commenced, Jensen said. A private K-9 detection team was also brought in for the search.

The search was completed around 10 p.m. with no credible threat identified, and Jensen sent out a message to parents in Bigfork informing them of the “hoax.”

“There was no credibility to it. It was a hoax. We’ll continue to investigate the origins of the threat and communicate with that individual that these types of things are not to be taken lightly and are completely inappropriate,” Jensen said.

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