About those false fire alarms at NIC …

Two false fire alarms punctuated a rowdy North Idaho College trustees’ meeting Saturday — but only one false alarm was deliberate.

The first false alarm was pulled deliberately, NIC spokeswoman Laura Rumpler told Kaye Thornbrugh of the Coeur d’Alene Press. The second false alarm was accidental, and occurred when a worker tried to reset the alarm.

NIC is investigating the intentional false alarm — a misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail term of up to one year. Rumpler Monday could not confirm whether NIC had identified a suspect, or whether the college had security footage of the incident, Thornbrugh reported.

The alarms came in the middle of a three-hour meeting that ultimately didn’t resolve NIC leadership vacancy. Current President Nick Swayne remains on administrative leave, and former interim president Michael Sebaaly said he was uninterested in returning to the college in an acting role.

Here’s the video from Saturday’s meeting.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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