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Flathead cyber terrorist now contacting parents and students

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COLUMBIA FALLS - Police in Columbia Falls say "the cyber-terrorist" who is behind the threats that closed down schools in Flathead County is now sending text messages to parents and students.

Columbia Falls Police Chief Clint Peters said a statement on Saturday that the person "was able to hack into the School District #6 server where he gained access to phone numbers of staff, parents, and students."

Peters added that there is no threat to the community and that, "this person is only trying to gain power and self satisfaction through fear and intimidation."

Anyone who receives a text from a phone number that is not recognized should not engage but should immediately contact the Columbia Falls Police Department at (406) 892-3234.

"Our law enforcement agencies are remaining vigilant, proactive, and investigating each of these threats as leads," Peters said.

Whitefish Chief of Police Bill Dial says his department -- along with the FBI, Columbia Falls Police Department, Kalispell Police Department, and the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office -- "have been working diligently around the clock in the investigation of electronic threats made against our local schools."

"We want to thank the Whitefish Community for their support and understanding during this time. We know it is difficult for everyone," Dial said in a statement.

RELATED: Authorities "communicating" with suspect in Flathead Co. School threat case

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