Mountain Express: Police Concerned About Firearm Break-In at School

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Hailey police are investigating a Jan. 11 break-in at Wood River High School.
  • Hailey police are investigating a Jan. 11 break-in at Wood River High School.

In the wake of a Jan. 11 incident at Wood River High School, where someone used a shotgun to break into the school, pull a fire alarm and flee, Blaine County school officials have increased security at schools throughout its district.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the incident was the second violent break-in at a district facility within a week. Someone broke a glass door at the Community Campus, just south of the high school on Jan. 5. Law enforcement said "it's very possible" that the incidents were related.

Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter told the Mountain Express that security "will remain at a heightened state at least through this week and possibly longer" in the shadow of the incidents.

"Then we had officers at all the other campuses doing 'stop-bys' and 'drive-bys,'" Gunter told the Mountain Express. "We're definitely concerned about the break-in and how it was carried out with a firearm."

Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey added that security was also increased at schools in Ketchum.