Parent arrested after allegedly threatening school administrator

A parent is facing a criminal intimidation charge for allegedly threatening to kill an Evergreen School District administrator after he refused contact with her child, of whom she did not have custody.

Tifani Marie Curtin, 41, is being held on $100,000 bond in the county jail following her arrest. She is expected to be arraigned in Flathead County District Court on May 12.

Curtin allegedly phoned Evergreen Junior High School on April 28 and told employees she was bringing her child $5, according to court documents. A school administrator told her that she had no access to the premises and was not allowed to see the child. Curtin is described as a non-custodial parent in court documents.

“I go to school and I go [expletive] kill you,” she reportedly replied.

School officials passed the threat on to deputies at the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and temporarily put the campus on alert, beginning around 1:05 p.m. That means district staff kept students indoors and limited movement between classrooms, Superintendent Laurie Barron said. Classroom instruction continued, she said.

The exterior doors of the building remain closed all day.

In an email sent to parents that day, Barron wrote that officials lifted the alert around 3 p.m. but maintained an increased law enforcement presence on campus.

“We understand that situations like this affect staff, students, parents, guardians and the community,” Barron wrote. “We will follow up with students and staff, as appropriate, about this situation to ensure that any questions or concerns they have are answered.”

Deputies, meanwhile, tracked Curtin down to a local hospital. She was arrested after being released, according to court documents.

Bullying carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in Montana state prison and a $10,000 fine.

Managing Editor Derrick Perkins can be reached at 758-4430 or [email protected]

Martha K. Merrill