Police still searching for NIC student who made threats




Posted on September 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 6:21 PM

COEUR D’ALENE-- Investigators looked Thursday for a North Idaho College student who allegedly threatened the school.

Patrick Budig is accused of making those threats last Friday which lead to heightened security on campus all week.

Budig allegedly made threats and the Disability Action Center last week.

Friday afternoon Budig allegedly mentioned Columbine, and being heard about in the news.

Mark Leeper, the Executive Director at DAC said Budig had a gun magazine with him, and alluded to the Columbine shootings. He never made a direct threat.

“It occurred to staff that it was a significant issue that it warranted turning it over to somebody to find out if it was significant,” according to Leeper

Workers called the Coeur d’Alene police that day.
Extra security has been enforced at the north Idaho campus as a precaution.

NIC Vice President of Student Services Graydon Stanley did not believe any students were in any danger.

As of Thursday Budig was still missing, and is a fugitive in Washington on assault charges.

We’re told Budig called the facility at DAC on Monday and no longer seemed upset with the school. Officials believe he was only blowing off steam with his words.