Fruita 8/9 student allegedly threatens classmates

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An in-school threat at Fruita 8/9 School has left parents questioning the safety of their kids at school.

Fruita Police Sergeant John Coughran said a 13-year-old male student made a threat to the rest of his classmates during class. One or multiple classmates then alerted Crime Stoppers, who alerted District 51 of the situation. The incident, which occurred last Wednesday, led police to open an investigation into the matter.

"We've investigated the incident, we've interviewed everyone involved and it doesn't seem to be any information that there's any legitimate threat to any student or the facility," Sergeant Coughran said.

Sergeant Coughran said the student will likely face charges of criminal harassment and interfering with an educational facility- both misdemeanor crimes.

However, alarmed parents contacted KKCO 11 News expressing their concern.

"I find it appalling that a school would allow such acts as threatening to kill other students," said one parent. "The mere fact that the school is potentially going to allow this student back into our school is a blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of the other students within the school."

Parents also criticized the school for not alerting them sooner. An email was sent to all Fruita 8/9 parents this morning, but some parents say the lack of communication prior to today is alarming.

"The lack of communication between the school and parents is absurd and frankly disappointing," one parent said.

Christy McGee, spokesperson for District 51, said the district communicated as soon as it could.

"I think everybody has a different sense of what should happen and when in certain situations, but sometimes there's extenuating circumstances that slow certain pieces of those processes down," McGee said. "I don't know if that's the case here but that could be where maybe something happened or due to the investigation or pace of the investigation things got slowed down and maybe we couldn't communicate until today."

Fruita Police and District 51 officials ensure parents there is no danger to the students, and would not disclose whether the particular student will face school punishment.

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