Bigfork parents to be reassured it’s safe to send kids to school

Print Article

The ongoing concerns about a man some Bigfork residents claim is a danger to the community has reached the local schools.

According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry, the principal of Bigfork’s elementary and middle schools called his office after discovering some parents had stopped sending their children to school for fear of the man.

“I talked to the principal, and both he and the superintendent were very appropriate,” Curry said. “They were going to put something out to the parents saying they had discussed the issue with us and didn’t feel there was any sort of public safety threat.”

He added that his deputies had again stopped the man over the last couple of days and confronted him about reports of him being seen with a gun, and that the man responded by saying “I got a BB gun, I use it to shoot at pine cones.”

Curry also explained that putting a mental health hold on a person, which only lasts for 72 hours, isn’t as simple as some might think.

“We can’t just say, ‘You’re crazy, we’re going to put a hold on you,’” Curry said.

“In America, at least in Montana, it’s not against the law to be nuts. We don’t put people in jail for being crazy, we put people in jail if they’re crazy and have the means and make threats to harm others or to harm themselves.”

Matt Jensen, principal of the elementary and middle schools, did not respond to a phone message left for him as of press time.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Woman takes plea deal after charges of sharing drugs while in jail

October 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm | Daily Inter Lake A woman who was found to be in violation of her probation for distributing dangerous drugs has also been charged with possession of dangerous drugs. Robin Jean Sudan, 34, of Kila, agreed to plead gu...

Comments

Read More

Montana health insurance rates climb upward

October 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm | Daily Inter Lake Health insurance rates will continue their upward trend for yet another year in Montana. State officials released 2018 health insurance rates Tuesday, which included average rate increases of between...

Comments

Read More

State honors passing of former First Lady

October 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Daily Inter Lake Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff on Friday, Oct. 13, in honor of former Montana First Lady Ann Stephens, who died of cancer Oct. 8 in Kalispel...

Comments

Read More

Whitefish Independent grad takes a different path

October 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm | Daily Inter Lake Editor’s note: The Daily Inter Lake is following up with six young adults who were profiled as high school seniors in a series recognizing noteworthy graduates from the Class of 2016 that highlighted...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2017 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X