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Great Falls police arrest a student who sent a violent threat to classmates and staff

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Great Falls police said they arrested a student on Monday for sending a violent threat to students and staff.

According to a press release from the Great Falls Police Department, several students and staff received a photo on their phones containing the threat to carry out a school shooting.

Police say the message was sent via “Airdrop,” which allows direct communication between Apple devices. The message was sent as students were returning to class after a fire alarm was pulled by a student, which police say is unrelated.

Several students notified the onsite police officer immediately, and police say they were able to identify the 14-year-old suspect, who they then took into custody. Police determined there was no longer a threat and classes resumed for the rest of the day.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.