U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Stephen Holton for their work to prevent an attack on the students and teachers of Darby School District.
Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.
Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.
Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve
The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:
MONTANAN OF THE WEEK
Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Stephen Holton for their work to prevent an attack on the students and teachers of Darby School District.
Just last week, on the heels of 17 tragic murders in Parkland, Florida, a Darby High School senior allegedly made threatening comments and social media posts directed at fellow students and faculty at Darby High School. After receiving information about the concerning threats, Sheriff Holton took action and law enforcement arrested the student on felony charges.
While we will continue to investigate the tragedy in Florida and the performance of law enforcement in that incident, it is important that we commend students who speak up, school officials who respond, and those law enforcement officers who bravely act to keep our communities safe. The Darby students and school officials did the right thing.
Sheriff Holton and the quick response of students and school officials may have prevented a tragedy in Montana, and for that, we are very grateful.