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Nikiski North Star Elementary receives threatening call Thursday, on 'stay put' mode for several hours

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Nikiski North Star Elementary School was put on “stay put” mode for several hours Thursday after the school received a threatening phone message, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The threat was lifted at 12:30 p.m. after Alaska State Troopers determined the phone call came from outside of Alaska and was a false threat.

Troopers said they were notified by school staff about a threatening phone call around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. They responded to the scene and the school was put on "stay put" status, meaning school doors were locked and classes continued as normal while the troopers investigated the call.

Nikiski Middle-High School was also briefly put on “stay put” Thursday morning, the district said.

Troopers said even though they determined the threat is false, they’re continuing to investigate the call.

It’s not the first time the district has received a threatening call. Spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said the district worked with the FBI several years ago when random threats were being made at schools all around the country. But she said it's generally unusual for the district to receive calls of that nature.