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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 9:00 pm

While the nation reels from a horrific school shooting in Connecticut, flippant “end-of-the-world” comments by some Kalispell high school students have sparked unfounded rumors that someone will try to blow up or shoot up a local school on Friday.

Kalispell Police said some students were disciplined on Monday for comments they posted on Facebook this weekend regarding shootings rumored to take place at Glacier and Flathead high schools.

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          • mrknowitall posted at 9:30 pm on Sun, Dec 23, 2012.

            mrknowitall Posts: 78

            When I was in High School we all had rifles in the rear windows of our trucks. In metal shop the teacher let us make knives. In wood shop we made baseball bats and billy clubs on the wood lathes. You mouthed off to the wrong person and you got your head stuck in a toilet and thats just how it was. Cant think of hardly a person who didnt get tackled by a bunch of seniors ,rolled onto their stomach and got their underwear pulled out far enough to put over the toe of their waffle stompers. It was funny. You got caught in senior square and you were pushing pennies with your nose down the sidewalk. At lunch we played smear the qu@#r. You give a kid a ball and tell him to run . Then 234 other screaming maniacs chase him down and tackle him. When he gives up the ball someone else runs and you chase him and repeat that over and over again till the bell rings. All this while the duty teacher calmly sits in a chair knitting a sweater or something. If someone would have told us tomorrow someone was going to do something crazy at the school we would have gotten up early and been there on time for a change.

          • Fast posted at 1:37 pm on Sat, Dec 22, 2012.

            Fast Posts: 248

            Control People through fear --- Since the beginning of time someone or some group wants to control your mind and emotions. Don't fear for lack of fear for the fear merchants ( liberals, conservatives, religions and other
            mind police ) will get between your ears and instill
            a new fear if you let them. It's your choice...

          • micmren posted at 8:50 am on Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

            micmren Posts: 182

            This is so silly. My daughter is a student at Glacier and went to school today. The parking lot was pretty empty when I dropped her off. I am not surprised kids used this as a reason to get an extra day of Christmas break. Maybe they are genuinely concerned. Who am I to say?
            I want everyone to take a deep breath and imagine that there was a shooting today in the high school. You would ALL be screaming your heads off asking why the media didn't give us the information they had ahead of time. Some people just can't be pleased.

          • halcyon posted at 4:24 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

            halcyon Posts: 46

            Nice try, sir. but what was in Monday's paper hardly passes for a "story". The headline along with the sketchy information without the context of Tuesday's actual story did not meet professional journalism standards. You don't get a pass on this as far as I am concerned. The paper should issue an apology for the partial and misleading information along with the irresponsible headline. For what it's worth, I think a lot of people agree with me.

            What's factual is not always the whole story without context. Your paper failed to provide that.

          • posted at 9:10 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.


            Hi: Thanks all for your participation on our website. We value your input. Although the Inter Lake story certainly helped to inform people about the purported threat, we learned on Monday from school officials that the rumor had been rampant throughout social media like Facebook all weekend long. The Inter Lake could not have ignored such a story. Adults with kids in school certainly have a right to be informed about threats which their children are talking about and disseminating in messages to each other. And if hundreds or thousands of parents and students know about the threats, then the rest of the community also has to be included. Our Monday report was based on the limited information which our reporter was able to get on Sunday, but whether or not the story had been in Monday's paper, it definitely would have been in Tuesday's paper. —Frank Miele, Managing Editor

          • halcyon posted at 8:45 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

            halcyon Posts: 46

            Where does it say that anything has been classified as a gang threat? It was reported that the mother was told that the rumor said something like that, but nothing went beyond that.

          • Montana Native 420 posted at 11:38 am on Wed, Dec 19, 2012.

            Montana Native 420 Posts: 209

            They said the 'ICP POSSE or ICP MAFIA or ICP GANG' is involved in this. How can they classify this as a gang threat as the ICP is just a bunch of random people who like the music.

          • Been there done that posted at 10:56 am on Wed, Dec 19, 2012.

            Been there done that Posts: 101

            DJJackson: I did not misunderstand the term "rubber-necker", you misunderstood what I stated,,,,,,I used an analogy (difficult to understand for some people), which basically said I was part of the accident (read it a few times again). My argument, which is my opinion.....which you are entitled too also; and seem to give often) still stands. After a major horrific mass murder, it would have been more responsible not to put the aforementioned bold headline as the lead-in to the police blotter.

            I choose to get my local news from the DIL, as it is more up-to-date and more comprehensive than the Beacon. I get my national news from the Wall Street Journal, USAToday.com, and FOXNews.com (for balance).

          • halcyon posted at 8:13 am on Wed, Dec 19, 2012.

            halcyon Posts: 46

            DJJackson, I'd like to add another perspective to your exchange with "Been there". You seem to think that if we ignore the headline in the Interlake then it will "go away" for us and we can just happily read the Beacon instead. I wish this were true. Unfortunately we can't just ignore what the Interlake put in its headline on Monday because it is the central information conduit in this town that irresponsible piece of "journalism" was going to reverberate with its negative effects whether I or "Been there" or any individual who doesn't care for the paper read it or not.

            We are simply trying to make observations about the responsibility that papers like the Interlake carry in communities like ours. Our paper let our schools down in a fundamental and profound way. That's all we are saying. Unless EVERYONE drops it and goes to the Beacon, those effects are still going to be here and we are going to have to live with them.

            In this case, it was an issue of public safety. Those of us who are concerned are just wondering when the Interlake is going to make its next blunder.

          • DJJackson posted at 11:18 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            DJJackson Posts: 738

            Also Been There,

            You misunderstand the term "Rubber-Necker" it does not refer to the person in the accident, it refers to the person going by the accident that complains but can't seem to NOT look at the accident. That is what my comment was in reference to, you guys continue to come to the DIL website, read the articles and continue to complain about them.

            If the DIL is so poor in what it does, then head on over the Beacon. I am sure they would love the visits.

            "How Dare Me" indeed!

          • DJJackson posted at 9:13 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            DJJackson Posts: 738

            Sorry Been there,

            I simply calls them as I sees them.

          • Been there done that posted at 6:36 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            Been there done that Posts: 101

            @DJJackson: I didn't realize a person in the "accident" was considered a "rubber-necker". I must assume you don't have students in the local high school, or are associated in anyway with the school district by your vitral comment towards my comment. My comment is out of frustration. My kids and their friends do not want to go to FHS/GHS on Friday based on the rumor that was perpetuated by the BOLD headline in the DIL. Speaking to my child and friends (and a few of the teachers), there might be a 50% absence rate on Friday. Kids are afraid, kids are scared; so are their parents. Just days after a school mass murder, the DIL prints a rumor as a bold/headline print......... DJJackson...How dare you call me a rubber-necker when I have to live with the consequences of this article in my family. BTW: I am a subscriber to the DIL only for the local news.; DIL does a better job than the Missoulian.in that aspect.

          • Montana Native 420 posted at 4:00 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            Montana Native 420 Posts: 209

            The Daily Gossip

          • cordwood posted at 3:34 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            cordwood Posts: 96

            The obits. And Frank's rabid, radical, extreme, paranoid delusional right-wing rantings are absolutely priceless. It's free entertainment.

          • DJJackson posted at 2:26 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            DJJackson Posts: 738

            Been there,

            You guys are like rubber neckers at an accident, you scream and holler about it happening, but you can't help but look. If you don't like the Interlake why do you keep reading???????????

          • Been there done that posted at 1:48 pm on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            Been there done that Posts: 101

            "Those responsible for disrupting the school environment and peace in our community by creating and FOSTERING fear through dialogue of a violent nature will be held accountable"- KPD

            Isn't that the same as putting a bold headline in the DIL about an unfounded RUMOR?

            DIL: "As an institution that is integral to the community you absolutely failed in your mission." DIL, You have accomplished one mission: escalating fear!

          • janie posted at 9:30 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            janie Posts: 174

            If I had a school age child today. he or she wouldn't not be attending public school. Period. The students are disrespectful and unappreciative. They are a menice to society and each other. you can't dismiss this rumor as just a rumor. This could be the sign that pshycologists said was visible in Connecticut but no one acknowledged. Do you want to dismiss this as a rumor?

          • cordwood posted at 9:19 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            cordwood Posts: 96

            "As an institution that is integral to the community you absolutely failed in your mission."


          • 888111 posted at 8:53 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            888111 Posts: 541

            basically the majority of children these days have no respect for the law or anyone for that matter,and as far as guns go,does anyone hold the products that hollywood dishes out,and the game people that the kids are playing 24/7,no different then the carnage we witnessed last week.

          • mom posted at 8:33 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            mom Posts: 629

            Kids aren't able to foresee the complications that may come up when carrying a joke (Mayan calendar/doomsday) another step. Let's make sure our kids know where the line is, how to stay off of it and get their laughs leaning away from it. School violence has to be taken seriously, or at least make it look like it is. This parent will not tolerate it.

          • minderella posted at 8:23 am on Tue, Dec 18, 2012.

            minderella Posts: 14

            I agree. Had it not been in the "roundup" as a simple blurb this would not have happened. Ridiculous and irresponsible on the DI's part!

          • halcyon posted at 9:21 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

            halcyon Posts: 46

            Will there be discipline for the irresponsible parties at the Daily Interlake for their participation in the rumor mongering? The headline on page A8 today was the most pathetic excuse for "news" I have ever seen and I can say first hand that it played a critical role in raising the fear and tension levels in our schools. Shame on you Daily Interlake. You should acknowledge your mistake and apologize to the community. As an institution that is integral to the community you absolutely failed in your mission.


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