GREAT FALLS — A handwritten note that included a bomb threat targeting several schools was found at an elementary school in Great Falls, prompting Great Falls Public Schools to close all of its schools Monday.
The closures affect more than 11,500 students, including those at Christian schools and the University of Providence, which cancelled classes as a precaution.
“We realize this is an inconvenience for your family, but the safety of your children is of paramount importance,” police said in a statement.
The note was discovered by a staff member at an elementary school, police said.
Children in need of daycare will be taken to Paris Gibson Education Center and all after-school activities and events are canceled, school officials said.
Opportunities Inc. closed its Head Start program, as well.
Great Falls College remained open Monday. Officials said they contacted police who said “”the threat was directed at K-12 schools in Great Falls, and all public schools were closed out of an abundance of caution.”
Officers say the public can expect to see an increased police presence at schools throughout the day and officers asked that people stay away from school campuses as much as possible.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with additional information about the threat.