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More threats at GVHS

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff

Extra security measures will be in place through the end of the week at Grand Valley High School after administrators found a second threatening message on a bathroom wall there Tuesday.Police came to the school and are investigating that message as well as another found May 5. The messages suggest the threats may be acted on before the end of this week.Sandy Hanson, the public relations director for District 16, said she could not explain any of the content of the messages as they are still being investigated. However, both made references to dates, but did not include hit lists of possible victims. The message found last week listed the date May 12. The one found Tuesday mentioned Friday the 13th. Parachute police and officers from the Garfield County Sheriff’s office will be at the school today and Friday.Hanson also said the school will be under controlled lockdown, which means students will be watched closely during passing periods and will not be allowed in the hallways during class time.Monique Speakman, the parent of a freshman boy, said she will not send her son to school today or Friday.”It’s not worth the risk. I know one woman who said she thought it would send the wrong message if the kids don’t go. It means the person who did this won. And I see her point,” Speakman said. “But I’m not willing to risk it. It’s scary, and it’s not funny.”Hanson said police have some strong leads but have not found out who wrote the messages yet.”We’re taking every precaution we can,” Hanson said. “It’s being taken very seriously.”She said students have been urged to report unusual, scary or threatening things throughout the year, but administrators are stressing the importance of that even more now.Speakman said her son was comforted after going to an assembly Tuesday.”That quashed a lot of the rumors,” Speakman said. “By the time this news got to my son, kids were saying there was a (hit) list and everything. I think he felt better. I think the school’s been pretty good with communication.”Hanson said graffiti is not all that common at the school. While the messages could be un-funny jokes or attempts to upset people, the school still has to respond, Hanson said.”Since we don’t know, we have to treat it very seriously.”


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