Schools in Belgrade, Montana will be closed on Friday (April 6) after school officials learned of a “credible threat.” The threat pertains to graffiti in a bathroom stall. Here is everything you need to know about the incident.
Belgrade Schools Closed Friday
The Belgrade School District in Montana posted an important notice on its website from Superintendent Leland Stocker. The notice said that all schools in the district will be closed on April 6.
The notice was issued after school officials learned of a “credible threat,” and were concerned with the safety of students and staff.
The threat in question is reportedly related to graffiti found in a bathroom stall. The subject matter of which hasn’t been disclosed.
The district and Belgrade police are investigating the threat while schools are shut. Authorities haven’t identified any suspects yet.
Belgrade Chief of Police E.J. Clark said in a statement that his department is investigating the incident. However, Clark doesn’t agree with the gravity of the threat.
“I don’t know if it’s credible or not,” Clark said, “We’re still investigating.” Clark also clarified that he had no part in the decision to shut schools on Friday. He said the decision was made by Stocker, and Belgrade School Board Chairman Lance Voegele.
A local reporter also contacted Belgrade Activities Director Rick Phillips, who confirmed that all after-school programs and practices will be canceled on Friday as well.
Just spoke with Belgrade Activities Director Rick Phillips and all after school programs and sports team practices will be cancelled tomorrow as well.
— Dan Chesnet (@Dan_Chesnet) April 6, 2018
More details on this story are awaited.