Making a Difference: Flathead communities come together following cyberattack


KALISPELL, Mont. - In the face of an emergency communities in the Flathead Valley have banded together to protect what's most important.

"As a parent the scariest thing you can imagine is something happening to your child," said Somers Lakeside District Superintendent Joe Price.

It comes after a cyberthreat forced school officials to close more than 30 schools for three days at the recommendation of law enforcement. Now more than 15,000 students are back to school for the second time this year.

"It really showed how the community can pull together," said Flathead County Schools Superintendent Jack Eppensberger. "The administrators did great work; the police force did a great job in keeping people informed of what they could as the investigation progressed. Parents were very patient and very understanding with what was going on."

School administrators from 19 school districts worked tirelessly to assist law enforcement with their investigation.

"The fact that people did come together, and when they saw something that needed to be done, whether it was waiting with students in the gym or standing outside and directing traffic, everybody just jumped in," said Price.

Communities worked together to keep their children out of harm's way.

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