All Blaine County public schools are open as usual today, after law enforcement agencies determined that a suspicious note found at Wood River Middle School did not constitute a “specific or credible” threat, the district announced early Wednesday morning.
The Hailey Police Department and Bellevue Marshal’s Office assessed the threat overnight Tuesday, after the note was found in a middle school bathroom mentioning guns and ammunition, Chief Jeff Gunter told the Idaho Mountain Express on Wednesday.
The note, initially believed to be written by a student, was turned over to a school resource officer, who triggered the investigation.
“It was a list of items, including firearms and ammo,” Gunter said. “It didn’t mention any specific actions.”
After conducting interviews overnight, detectives and officers determined that the note was “not a credible threat,” Gunter said, though law enforcement is continuing to investigate its source.
The investigation continued throughout the day Wednesday, as students reported new information to school administrators, according to district spokeswoman Heather Crocker.
“Each student statement was investigated fully and additional interviews took place throughout the day,” Crocker wrote in an email to parents Wednesday afternoon. “Throughout the whole investigation last night and today, law enforcement and school officials agree that no credible threat has been established.”
Wood River and neighboring schools had an increased police presence on Wednesday as classes continued, and Principal Fritz Peters has asked that police stay visible in the school to gather further information as it arises.
The district contacted parents through its emergency alert system shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday notifying them of the investigation.
“Thank you for your patience while the investigation occurred and thank you to our local law enforcement who responded to the situation,”Crocker wrote in an email to parents informing them of the all-clear prior to 6 a.m. Wednesday. “Blaine County school officials will always take these matters seriously, and we recognize that some students, parents and staff may need emotional support. Our counselors and social workers will be available to anyone who needs help.”
All schools will be open Thursday as usual, Crocker said.
The district will share further information with parents via its automatic communications network as it becomes available. Those not enrolled can find updates online at www.blaineschools.org.