Social Media Threats Force Closure of Telluride High School

Telluride, CO -  "Columbine Style" threats on social media has led to the arrest of one student and the closure of Telluride High School.

Officials say the threats were posted on the social media site Snapchat and were brought to the attention of school officials by students over the weekend.

Here are details in a news release from the Telluride Marshal's Office:

November 27, 2017  -- (Telluride, CO) –  One student is in custody and at least five other students are being questioned today after the Telluride High School (THS) was notified  of threats to the campus.

            A student notified THS staff Sunday afternoon (at approximately 3 o’clock) of a possible threat and staff immediately contacted the Telluride Marshal’s Department. 

            Law enforcement learned of a “Columbine-Style” threat being discussed on the social media app “Snapchat,” to shoot students at the school on Monday.

            At approximately 5 o’clock, one student was taken into protective custody. A rifle and a handgun found in their Telluride home were collected by investigating officers.

            Law enforcement learned Sunday evening of an additional threat via a “Snapchat” message, of explosives being placed around the school to be detonated on Monday.

            After consultation with law enforcement, School Superintendent Mike Gass decided to close school Monday to allow for a more thorough investigation. 

            Telluride Marshal’s Department is leading the investigation with assistance from the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, Mountain Village Police Department, Telluride Fire Protection District (Fire, HAZMAT, and EMS), the Grand Junction Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),  and the Telluride School District. 

            Superintendent Gass said this is an excellent example of kids doing the right thing by notifying adults of suspicious activity.         

            Chief Marshal James Kolar said, “We take these threats seriously and our investigation will be efficient and thorough.”

            Deputy Marshals and Sheriff’s Deputies are in the process of interviewing at least five students in connection with the threats.

            TFPD, HAZMAT, law enforcement and school officials are in the process of sweeping the school to check for explosives and any evidence or unusual activity. Video surveillance at the campus is also being reviewed.

            School officials will continue to notify parents on school operations with anticipation of school re-opening Tuesday at the normal time. 

            Any students or parents with tips related to this incident should contact the Telluride Marshal’s Office at 970-728-3818.

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