Knife incident reported at Basalt High School; no one hurt |

Knife incident reported at Basalt High School; no one hurt

A Basalt High School junior was taken into custody Wednesday after three younger students said he threatened them with a knife in the boys locker room.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The school resource officer, who is a Basalt policeman, was told about the incident at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A Basalt Police Department news release said the juvenile suspected of having the knife “was immediately contacted and later taken into custody for menacing, which is a class 5 felony if committed by an adult.”

Basalt High Principal David Schmid told parents about the incident in an email Thursday.

“I want to assure the BHS community that our school is a safe environment,” Schmid said in the email. “Our resource officer, Brian Lemke, was in the building and on the scene immediately.

“We will always take these situations seriously and act immediately to ensure the safety of our students,” Schmid told parents.

Schmid said separately that while this was an obviously serious incident, “I never felt like there was an intent for anyone to get hurt.”

The case was referred to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Schmid told the Aspen Times that a hearing would be held to determine the student’s fate at the high school. Another school official said the student is being held in a juvenile facility and not attending school. A hearing officer will make a recommendation to the school board on whether or not to expel the student.

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