Montana student wins protection order after being slapped
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana high school student has been granted a restraining order against a fellow student who he says threatened to shoot students at school and later slapped his face.
Missoula County Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway on Thursday ordered the student to stay 1,500 feet (458 meters) away from Big Sky High School in Missoula and prohibited him from possessing firearms.
The student’s request for the restraining order says that on Feb. 15 — a day after the school shooting in Florida — the fellow student yelled in front of a classroom that “it would take the whole (expletive) Army to stop me when I shoot up the school.”
The teacher sent the student who yelled to the school’s office.
Missoula County schools spokeswoman Hatton Littman said the school convened a threat assessment committee after hearing about the threat and the student was allowed to return to class.
The next day, the student who requested the restraining order said the other student slapped him in the face for refusing a demand to give up a granola bar.
The student’s request for the order said he would not attend classes “while feeling threatened in a hostile education environment,” the petition said. The names of the students were redacted by court officials.
The temporary restraining order will last until April 23 and Holloway scheduled a March 7 hearing to determine if it should be extended.
After learning about the alleged assault, the school district re-opened its threat evaluation of the student, Littman said.
Missoula County School Superintendent Mark Thane said efforts are being made to improve security so “we can create a safe and inclusive school environment.”