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New Safety Concerns at Area Schools

A message was sent out to parents of area schools by District 51 about new school threats on social media. 

Below is the information sent out:


"Some of you may have seen social media posts, particularly on Snap Chat, suggesting possible threats at Central, Palisade, Mt. Garfield, or Grand Mesa. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is aware of the posts and has received numerous calls through dispatch and Safe2Tell overnight. The sheriff's office and the school district take all reports seriously and investigate each one that comes in. At this time, there is no evidence of an immediate or specific threat to any District 51 school. 

"While each family has the right to make the choice they feel is in the best interest of their children, please know these reports are constantly monitored by law enforcement and the school district, and we would not have school today if we believed there was a threat to your school. As a precaution, there will also be added security at school today, including more visits from Mesa County Sheriff's deputies.

"This email is being sent not to scare you or contribute to fears in the community, but to assure you that reports are being taken seriously and that your child's safety is at the heart of every decision we make. Emotions are understandably running high right now. Please try to refrain from spreading rumors on social media. If you're not sure what is a rumor or a real threat, please call 911 or send an anonymous tip to Safe2Tell at safe2tell.org,  call 1-877-542-7233, or download the free Safe2Tell texting app on your phone, and rest assured that proper authorities will investigate and find the answer."



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