Two Montrose High students suspended after threatening list falls from backpack

Two Montrose High School students have been suspended after a threatening letter fell from one of the girls’ backpacks as she left the school, according to Montrose police.

The girls, ages 14 and 15, were walking out of the school Wednesday, likely in an attempt to skip class, when a piece of paper fell off or out of one of their backpacks, Montrose Police Chief Thomas Chinn said.

A school resource officer retrieved the paper and found “a threatening letter with a list of people’s names on it,” Chinn said.

“Through the investigation we were able to determine the kids were using that (letter) to be a tool to be expelled from school,” he said.

Regardless of the girls’ intentions with the list, the Montrose Police Department is treating the letter as a threat and has requested charges be filed by the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s office against the two students.

Chinn said he’s not sure what the specific charges would be, but harassment and interfering with an educational facility are possible charges.

Chinn said he did not know how many or which names appeared in the list.

District 51 student Robert Dell Johnson, 18, was arrested Monday for allegedly threatening Palisade High School.

His name has been released because, unlike the Montrose High students, he is not a juvenile.


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