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Kalispell high school students disciplined for shooting comments

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Dec 17 2012 12:10:43 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 08:28:00 AM MST
Kalispell high school students disciplined for shooting comments
KALISPELL, Mont. -

School officials are trying to figure out what to do with high school students who started rumors about shootings planned for Glacier and Flathead High Schools this coming Friday. Police and administrators said they traced threats on Facebook back to specific students and adults.

The rumors started before the shooting in Newtown but the district wanted parents and students to know they had the situation under control.

Kalispell Police tell NBC Montana they tracked all of the comments by Monday at 8:00am and all of it seemed linked to December 21st - the supposed end of the world according to the Mayan calendar.

We double checked our information and found out district officials said the student suspected of starting it all is out of school until they decide what punishment is appropriate.

"What a lot of people don't realize is that with these public forums it's very easy to spread rumors," said KPD School Resource Officer Jason Parce. "It's very easy to facilitate any type of fear within our community. People that are doing so - they're disrupting the educational environment and are going to be held accountable both at the school level and at a legal standpoint."

"I'm glad the school is doing what they're doing," said Flathead student Zach Sanders, "it's pretty much preventing any threat that we have right now."

Fellow student Bryce Hagler agreed, "I think it's awesome that they reacted so quickly and are trying to help us."

Officer Parce said all Kalispell schools will have heightened police presence in marked and unmarked vehicles throughout the rest of the week.

To read a letter that was sent home to Kalispell parents about the incident, click here.