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Rifle teen threatens to blow up middle school, kill teachers

Greg Masse

Rifle police arrested a 13-year-old boy Tuesday after the youth allegedly made threats to blow up Rifle Middle School and kill teachers there. The juvenile, who was not identified by police, was arrested around 3 p.m. at his home.

According to a Rifle police report, the boy told other kids at a party last Friday night “that he wanted to kill specific teachers and blow up the school.”

“One of the other juveniles who had been at the party alerted police Monday morning,” Rifle police spokeswoman Valerie Shanahan said.

“As they delved into it more, more witnesses came forward, then they determined they had enough to arrest him on,” she said.

Shortly after being arrested on charges of misdemeanor menacing and obstructing government operations, the 13-year-old was taken before juvenile Judge Stephen Carter, who ordered the youth detained at Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center until May 7.

“As a general rule, they’re taking them all seriously, especially in light of Columbine,” Shanahan said of the alleged threats.

Shanahan added that as far as she knew, the boy did not have a police record in Rifle.

Employees at Rifle Middle School declined to comment on the situation.

Re-2 Superintendent Dr. Gary Pack said a meeting among representatives of the school, the school district and the Rifle police department is set for next Monday.

“The young person is currently not in the community, he’s being evaluated,” Pack said.

He agreed that such threats must be taken very seriously.

“We secured the building and took added precautions,” Pack said “We have concerns for our students and students attending the school.”


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