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GVHS cancels classes Friday

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff

PARACHUTE – Grand Valley High School canceled classes Friday after threats over the last two weeks culminated in low attendance Thursday.Only 85 students of about 235 enrolled at Grand Valley went to school Thursday. According to Garfield School District No. 16 public relations director Sandy Hanson, the rest stayed home out of fear after two threatening notes appeared on the bathroom walls at the school. The notes suggested the threats would be acted on at the end of this week. Officers from the Parachute Police Department, the Garfield County sheriff’s auxiliary, plus school board members and parents, monitored the halls and escorted kids to the bathroom Thursday.”Someone joked that they thought there were more adults there than students,” Hanson said.”The kids were great,” she said. “They were awesome, so cooperative and understanding. Everyone who was there wanted to be there.”Hanson said principal Larry Brady decided to cancel classes Friday because of the low attendance Thursday, combined with the number of students expected to miss school today for the regional track meet. Hanson said there were enough extra days built into the school year for snow days that canceling school will not extend the school year. She also said there will be increased security through the end of the year.”It won’t be like it was (Thursday),” Hanson said. “But we will have police officers at the building.”Hanson said she did not know if police had identified who wrote the note, but said she knew there were strong leads in the case.


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