Coal Ridge High School goes on ‘soft’ lockdown
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – School officials confirmed Coal Ridge High School was on a “soft” lockdown for 25 minutes Tuesday morning after a student brought a knife into school.Principal Jeanie Humble said the “nonemergency” or “soft” lockdown began around 10:15 a.m. after a tip from a student. It lasted for about 25 minutes.”We had an investigation that we wanted to complete,” she said.She added the school was put on lockdown so kids wouldn’t be in the hallways during the investigation.”There was just an incident that we had to investigate,” she said. “It’s much easier to complete an investigation sometimes when kids aren’t out and about.”Garfield School District Re-2 director of districtwide services Theresa Hamilton said, “We did have a student bring a knife to school. The student resource officer who was a Garfield County Deputy was already on site. She and the Coal Ridge High School staff addressed the situation swiftly.”She said the nonemergency lockdown was done only to “conclude the investigation.” The student did have the knife out at one point after being hit in the face with a soccer ball, but there was no fight and no one was hurt, Hamilton said.Hamilton said a student received a citation and was released to parents.Garfield County Sheriff’s Office community relations deputy Tanny McGinnis said the sheriff’s office did respond to the school for an assault or attempted assault. Contact Pete Fowler: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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