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Potential Coal Ridge High threat deemed not credible

Staff report

Police and Garfield School District Re-2 officials investigated a potential threat involving talk among students at Coal Ridge High School Wednesday, but have since determined that it was not credible and that the school was not in danger.

According to Theresa Hamilton, communications director for Re-2, there was a heightened police presence and staff was on alert Wednesday morning. But the school was never in official lockout or other security mode, she said.

“Earlier today, there was a rumor circulating via social media and text message regarding a potential violent act that is supposed to occur at Coal Ridge High School today,” according to a message sent to Coal Ridge parents and families Wednesday afternoon, in followup to a morning alert that also went out.

“The CRHS administrative team and school resource officer, in conjunction with the Garfield County Sheriff's office, have finished a comprehensive investigation of the rumors,” according to the statement. “It has been determined that this is a case of a student overhearing a comment out of context, and sharing what they thought they heard. At no time was the safety of our building, students or staff compromised.”

Coal Ridge was to continue to have extra law enforcement present in the building Wednesday afternoon, Hamilton said.

“If, at any time, we had knowledge of a specific, credible threat to any of our students, staff or our building, we would take immediate action,” according to the statement to parents. “We encourage parents and students to bring information, like that shared on social media regarding rumors or threats, to the attention of CRHS administration immediately. It will aid in our investigations.”