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Anaconda police say an online chat between two teens led to the lockdown of Anaconda schools Thursday and the arrest of the two juveniles, ages 17 and 14, who are facing charges of felony intimidation.

Police Chief Tim Barkell said police received a call around 8 a.m. Thursday from the assistant principal of the Anaconda Junior-Senior High School who said that a student at the school had reported a threatening message on Snapchat, a popular social media app.

According to Barkell, the two teens, a 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old female, had been discussing hunting when the female allegedly said the male should shoot up the school. The male allegedly told the female he would indeed shoot up the school and that he would do it silently “like a ninja,” Barkell said.

All three of Anaconda’s schools — the junior-senior high school and Fred Moodry Intermediate and Lincoln Primary — went into lockdown, which lasted from about 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., the police chief said.

The two teens were arrested Thursday and questioned by police. Barkell said the teens admitted to the conversation but told a detective that the conversation was a joke.

Barkell said the teens will be charged with felony intimidation. As of Friday morning, the teens were being held at the Cascade County Regional Youth Services Center in Great Falls.


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