By Ellen Thompson/Havre Daily Newsfirstname.lastname@example.org
The FBI said today it is investigating a report of a firearm being taken to Rocky Boy Public Schools.
Rocky Boy administrators have not confirmed a report of a gun on campus.
"Nobody's reported any kids with guns to me," Superintendent Sandra Murie said Thursday.
The Montana Office of Public Instruction and the governor's office received phone calls Thursday reporting concerns about safety at Rocky Boy High School, OPI spokesman Joe Lamson said today. He said the governor's office forwarded a message to OPI and that OPI responded to the calls.
OPI deputy superintendent Bud Williams said he has been in contact with Murie. "It didn't sound like it was as serious as maybe we first anticipated," he said.
He said he could not comment on the specifics of the report he heard.
"She (Murie) said that everything was under control," Williams said. "She went over to the school and spent some time there. I'm not exactly sure what did transpire."
Rocky Boy resident Russell Standing Rock said he was at the high school Wednesday and saw a student pull a rifle on other students in the parking lot.
Tribal police criminal investigator Grace Her Many Horses said in response to a reporter's question about guns at Rocky Boy High School: "We're investigating an incident." She declined to comment further.
Rocky Boy School Board chair Debbie St. Pierre said she received a voice mail message from someone who heard there had been a gun brought to school Tuesday.
St. Pierre said that when she called tribal police to learn more, she was told they had responded to a report of a gun at a local store, not at the school.
Murie said a few students were expelled from Rocky Boy High School in a special meeting of the school board Wednesday. That was a result of a violation of school rules that occurred a month ago.