Correction: Vic Miller's email said Rocky Boy schools had experienced a similar threat. Rocky Boy Superintendent Voyd St. Pierre said they have not.
It appears several schools through the area received bomb threats this morning, which brought out emergency agencies across Blaine County.
According to a press release from Vic Miller, Blaine County commissioner, the threat began with a written note found in a bathroom at Harlem Elementary School.
The note claimed a bomb would detonate at 11 a.m.
Harlem Fire Chief Robert Scheffelmaier met with law enforcement and they decided to evacuate Harlem Elementary and High schools, first onto the high school football field and later into the school’s bus garage.
Everyone within two blocks of the school were also evacuated.
“In each case, the moves were necessary to ensure the safety of children,” the release says.
An Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit was called in from Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls “to bring in the specially trained dogs … to ‘sniff’ out bombs.”
The children were released completely at 1:30 p.m. so that the disposal unit could search the entire building unfettered.
Miller also said that similar incidents were reported today at Hays-Lodge Pole and Livingston schools, “though details are sketchy at this time.”
In all, the threat brought out fire and ambulance responders from Harlem, Chinook, Turner, Hogeland and Fort Belknap, as well as the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.
Miller said the seriously disruptive threat would not go unpunished.
“Indications are that once the investigation is done, felony charges of intimidation can be and will be filed,” Miller said. “Responsibility of juvenile behavior is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.”