PARADOX, Colo - - During a time of a national conversation about school safety, in the small town of Paradox Colorado, a warning of a school shooting threat was called on Thursday morning, While it turned out to not be credible, Paradox Valley Charter School canceled their classes for the day in preparation for what could have been possibly much worse.
The threat was called in at 8 a.m. which was then reported to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office in relation to the charter school, which educates 90 students from Pre-K through 12th grade.
"The nice piece was it was before school started, we start at 8:30 in the morning, so we only had a few students in the building", says Jon Orris the Executive Director of PVCS.
"There were kids that were on buses, so they were able to take that bus, [then] detour, put in a safe location until those students were reunited with their parents", says Katie Yergensen the Media Relations Manager for the Montrose County Sheriff's Office, which aided the SMCSO in part of the investigation.
The SMCSO reported on their website that the incident started when a woman called and said relatives were going to shoot students, but later, police called off the lock-down after the woman said she was given that information during "a personal conversation with God".
"Nationwide there's a lot going on so it's always in the back of our minds and that's why we have these procedures and protocols, we do drills, we've worked with the Montrose County Sheriff's [Office]", says Orris.
When police officials determined the threat was not real, the students that were on lock-down in the school were released to their families. Residents of Paradox were quite shocked to find that a potential school shooting could've happened in their small peaceful town, but luckily nothing came of it.