We have received reports that there are several police officers at Great Falls High School, and told that there are rumors of a threat and/or a lockdown.
We called the main office at GFHS, and were told that there is no known threat, no lockdown, and no suspicious activity.
A KRTV reporter at the scene says that there were at least two GFPD patrol cars in the area; a police officer at the scene declined to provide any information, and advised us to call the Great Falls Public Schools District main office.
The GFPS main office told us that there are no lockdowns at any schools in Great Falls, and said that Superintendent Tammy Lacey will call us back if there is any information that needs to be released.
We will update you if we get more information.
(UPDATE, 11:11 a.m.) The GFPD posted the following message on Facebook:
SCHOOL THREAT! Great Falls Public Schools received an anonymous threat of violence early this morning. We were immediately notified and an investigation was initiated. The community may rest assured the safety of Great Falls kids is the number one priority for GFPD and GFPS.
The initial investigation indicated there was no need to alter school schedules or issue any safety protocols (shelter in place, lockdown, etc.). However, as a precaution, we have heightened the vigilance of GFPS staff and increased the police presence throughout the district.
With the increased violence and threats of violence in schools across the nation we understand the fear and concern this type of information may evoke.
We are hearing reports that parents may be removing their children from classes. This is not necessary, parents do not need to take any action. We are confident your children are safe and secure in GFPS schools today.
(UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.) Superintendent Tammy Lacey posted the following message on Twitter on Thursday afternoon:
Threat update 3/8/18: GFPS worked very closely with GFPD throughout the day & can confirm the threat was directed at GFHS. The investigation revealed that the threat was not made by a local source. To keep the investigation sound, no further details until an arrest has been made.
The GFPS website provides information and links that may be helpful, including this overview:
Here are the definitions of key safety terms used by the Great Falls Public School District:
Evacuation: Defined as an internal emergency that requires students and staff to leave the building for their safety. Parents should follow emergency notifications.
Lockdown: Defined as an internal and/or immediate threat. All staff and students are locked in rooms. No one IN or OUT!
Shelter In Place: Defined as a safety precaution for an external threat that is not an immediate or internal threat.
Class Hold: Defined as a safety precaution implemented during an incident where students need to be kept in the classroom.
Release with Care: Defined as a possible threat in the schools' neighborhoods during arrival and release time. Release with care procedures.
Student safety precautions for getting to and from school: