School threats unfounded, detectives say

A probe into a possible threat against a Grand Junction school triggered a fresh round of rumors about that threat, but police announced Friday there was no legitimate threat against any school.

Detectives completed their investigation and determined the threats were unsubstantiated and no crime occurred, Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

Police learned Wednesday evening that a student at a Cedaredge alternative school had been communicating online with a Grand Junction girl who told him she had heard that an incident involving weapons would take place at a Grand Junction school.

Police contacted officials with the Surface Creek VISION Home and Community Program, but they initially refused to provide the names of the student and a teacher who had also learned about the possible threat. It wasn’t until Thursday afternoon that Surface Creek administrators agreed to release the names to police.

Porras said officers interviewed the Cedaredge student and the Grand Junction girl and learned from the girl that she was concerned that a couple of local students would carry out a threat at a Grand Valley school.

That investigation sparked some young people Thursday night to pass around text messages and e-mails that police were investigating a threat of a shooting at a local school, Porras said.

None of the threats was substantiated, she said.

Police said they are grateful to the students who came forward with information and asked that any student who ever feels uncomfortable about a situation or sees or hears something suspicious to notify school officials or law enforcement.

Police also asked students who receive text messages regarding a possible threat to a local school not to forward them to other people, but rather show them to school personnel and allow them to decide what to do with the information.


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