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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:27 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

Friday will be a normal day just like any other.

That is the message being spread by local schools and the Kalispell Police Department’s school resource officers, who have been hard at work investigating and summarily quashing rumors in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting and in anticipation of the end of the Mayan calendar.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          4 comments:

          • Dustin Kenneth posted at 11:56 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

            Dustin Kenneth Posts: 2

            We live in Kalispell, we also lived 15 minutes from Newtown and I worked in Monroe Connecticut! 5 Minutes from boarder... Chalk Hill In Monroe CT is going to be the new school in Monore CT for the kids. I think it is awesome that Monore would re-open the school. When I was there it was how much money "We" can save by closing the school.... Now going to be used for a good cause! For the people who "do Not" take threats properly I pray for mercy when you get that phone call saying "John doe" your son is gone! "
            Just give an "F" for the day to anyone who does not have a valid parental or Doctor signed excuse for not being there Friday. Simple." You are just a complete moron! You do not have a clue what you are doing on this earth? Either you don't have children or you were a single child I am not sure? Being from CT most of my life I bet for sure you take these threats for real! I didn't raise cattle for a living but I am from the area and know when cattle folk don't take life for real, life will get real and I am sure I will see " I didn't know, I wasn't sure"! Then it was too late!

             
          • 12271994 posted at 9:11 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

            12271994 Posts: 2

            ssgjimallen, how is that relevant to anything? People miss school daily, grades are dependent on the teacher, and how they wish to deal with the situation of people missing is up to them, not the school.
            A lot of people are, say, out for vacation, as well.

            Logical way of thinking but not exactly a "simple" way to fix the situation. Many parents will be pretty ticked off.

             
          • ssgjimallen posted at 1:22 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

            ssgjimallen Posts: 7

            Just give an "F" for the day to anyone who does not have a valid parental or Doctor signed excuse for not being there Friday. Simple.

             
          • 12271994 posted at 12:24 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

            12271994 Posts: 2

            "It wasn't any kind of a lockdown;..." Some of the facts here are true, but as a Senior who goes to Flathead, and has been there since Freshman year, I'll have to argue with that. What the students are witnessing is, in fact, a close situation of a lockdown. A functional one, at least. What the news article has not given out is that- yes, the doors are closed, but they're also locked. The doors from the commons to the main halls are locked. Some of the entrance/exit doors are locked. And none of the students are to be in the hallways without an escort. Very few passes are being given out- so much so, that counselors seeking students go to the teacher's rooms instead of calling those they need down to their office. This is not "going back to the basics", not in the least, not from what I've seen of Flathead. This was a surprise for me when I returned to school on Monday. And found it to be very odd.

            The school needs to take into consideration of the parent's feelings on this issue, and not encourage them to go against their better judgement of leaving their beloved children at home. Sure, missing school is bad. After such a tragic event (which I'm 100% positive that Kalispell's rumor came shortly after the Newtown's massacre, not before, as this article has stated,) parents have more than enough reason to feel that their students should not be in school on the given day of the rumor. Believe it or not, when rumors pass around, they also encourage others. The school may have the source of the threat, but that doesn't mean it hasn't influenced others to take action, good or bad.

            Honestly, if I were writing this article, I'd inform the parents that the school is safe, but only as safe as any other means of public environments. Parents send their children to school every single day, with the same risk. It shouldn't make a difference if someone verbalized their plan or not, the only difference is, the school will take action. Please do not sugar coat this issue. Flathead High School has taken this situation very seriously, and it's taking its place and settling on us students.

            I don't think my anxiety level has ever been this high before. And being locked in the classroom, (Yes, /locked/) doesn't seem to help it in the least. But I do appreciate my school taking as much responsibility as they can to help families from overreacting. The only difference is, they aren't being detailed about it at all. And as for the senior skip day, that's a more recent plan. I don't think I heard that until just today. And I think it's because not very many people are going to school on Friday, to begin with. Point is, you can't use that as an excuse for all of this.

            Just thought I'd toot my own 2 cents, from the point of view of a student inside the situation.

             

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