A suspicious note found in a Butte High School bathroom on Tuesday stated there would be a school shooting in the commons area on Oct. 21, 2019, according to Butte School District Superintendent Judy Jonart.
Jonart said the note was very small and was ballpoint-penned into a men’s bathroom stall. A student found the note after school and reported it to school officials.
“It didn’t make a lot of sense, the date was flawed,” Jonart said. “But we decided we’d rather be safe than not, especially in these times.”
After discussing what to do about the message for a few hours, Jonart said she decided to send out a release to parents so they had the right information.
The release went out electronically around 9 p.m., and Jonart said when she visited the high school on Wednesday, about half of the students were in attendance.
“We were not trying to create panic, that’s the last thing we want to do,” Jonart said. “But we did feel it was important to get the right information out there so parents could make their own decisions.”
According to Undersheriff George Skuletich, the district’s school resource officers also met yesterday after learning about the stall note. Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement decided to send extra officers to both the high school and East Middle School. Skuletich said the officers monitored the buildings until about 9 a.m., when students settled into their first classes.
The high school’s resource officer and administrators will review the building’s surveillance footage in an attempt to determine who may have written the message, Skuletich said. They will also talk with students, who Skuletich said are usually very helpful in these kinds of investigations.
If the person who wrote the message is identified and confirmed, Skuletich said police would see “what the school wants to do” in regards to disciplinary action.