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The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threat made to Pinedale Elementary School on Wednesday morning.

Officials received a call before 8 a.m. with a “generalized threat,” law enforcement said in a press release. They immediately contacted the sheriff’s office. Authorities investigated and determined there was no immediate threat.

All schools in the district continued to operate as usual Wednesday, albeit with increased security.

Sgt. Travis Bingham, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, wrote in a follow-up press release that investigators had traced the call “and were able to ping its location outside of Wyoming.” The office has contacted federal authorities, as well as law enforcement near the area of the phone’s location, to assist.

While the sheriff’s office stressed that there was “no credible threat to any of the schools within Sublette County,” there would still be extra security at all schools. Sublette County School District No. 1 — where Pinedale Elementary is located — and No. 9 both initiated their security protocols, the sheriff’s office said.

Sen. John Barrasso was in Sublette 1 on Wednesday morning to meet with Pinedale High students, according to his Twitter account.

The threat comes a day after the Casper Police Department responded to two Natrona County schools over a report of a shooter. Authorities determined the call was a prank but still searched Journey Elementary and the vacant Grant Elementary and the area around the schools. An investigation later determined two second-grade students were responsible for the call.

Due to age of the kids, criminal charges will not be filed, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

The threat also came exactly a week after a shooter in Parkland, Florida, opened fire in a high school, killing 17 people and injuring 14 more. The attack, the most deadly school shooting since the Sandy Hook attack in December 2012, has prompted a broader discussion across the country about gun control and arming school personnel.

Follow education reporter Seth Klamann on Twitter @SethKlamann


Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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