Schools in Belgrade were put under a shelter-in-place order while law enforcement investigated a video that threatened violence toward students. At 12:59 p.m., the Belgrade School District contacted Belgrade Police after it was reported that several students had produced a threatening video.
Officers quickly responded and apprehended several students they believe were involved with making the video.
Belgrade High School, Belgrade Middle School, and Saddle Peak and Heck Quaw elementary schools were all put under a shelter in place. That means the buildings were secure, students and staff were kept inside and no outside activities were allowed; butinside the schools, classes proceeded as normal.
Belgrade Police were assisted by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol and the Bozeman Police Department.
Belgrade Police Chief EJ Clark said the school did the right thing in promptly reporting the incident to police. “We had a great response from everybody,” Clark said.
Clark said students and staff reacted well thanks to training that has been done between students, faculty and law enforcement. “We had a great response from everybody.”
“Our No. 1 mission was to keep kids safe and dispel rumors as best we could,” Belgrade Schools Superintendent Godfrey Saunders said.
Saunders said the school district appreciates the law enforcement response, as well as patience in getting information out. “We wanted to make sure we got the correct story out there at the right time.”
Students need to think about their actions and threats they make will be taken seriously by everyone, and the school and law enforcement will act accordingly, Clark and Saunders said.