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School District, Troopers investigate ‘threatening statement’

Caitlin Miller/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
West Valley High School administrators and school district officials say they took "appropriate actions" in response to a student's threatening statement on Wednesday. Those actions include maintaining a presence of Alaska State Troopers on the campus.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District officials say a West Valley High School student made a threatening statement Wednesday, and they say the district and Alaska State Troopers took what they call “appropriate actions” in response to the threat.

District officials advised students’ parents about the incident in an email sent out Wednesday evening. They also sent out a news release that says the student made the threat near the end of the school day Wednesday. The release says West Valley officials contacted Alaska State Troopers, who immediately responded and sent officers to the school.

The release says Troopers “conducted a thorough investigation into the threats and have taken appropriate actions. At this time, there is no present threat to the school.” It also says Troopers will be present at West Valley throughout today.

District officials didn’t respond last night to calls and emails asking for more information. And a Trooper spokesperson referred questions to district officials. The spokesperson said in an email that “The Alaska State Troopers take threats made against Alaska’s schools or students seriously.”

Editor's note: This story will be updated Friday.

Tim Ellis has been working as a KUAC reporter/producer since 2010. He has more than 30 years experience in broadcast, print and online journalism.