Threatening Calls Lead To Elementary School Soft Lockdowns, Missed Recess

Two elementary schools in Fruitvale were placed on a soft lockdown Tuesday morning for more than two hours. Grand
Junction police responded after the parent of a child at Nisley Elementary School received a threatening phone call at work. The soft lockdown was enacted at both Nisley and Tope Elementary School, but Mesa County School District 51 officials say that the kids at the school were in no danger

A soft lockdown means that there was no recess and doors to the classroom were locked. It was a precautionary measure after a threatening phone call reportedly came into McFarland Family Chiropractic and Acupuncture at about 11:30 a.m.

Joann Craig who works there told 11 News she received the call and says it was from a former employee's ex–husband, John Pahl, who she says has been harassing McFarland Chiropractic employees for some time.

Craig called the Grand Junction Police Fepartment and told them about a vague, verbal threat Pahl made to her about Nisley and Tope elementaries. Nisley and Tope elementary schools were taken off the soft lockdown about 2:00 p.m. when authorities determined Pahl was actually calling from out of the state.

Craig says that as of 4:30 p.m. Pahl was still calling and threatening her at work.

This case is still under investigation, but District 51 officials say that that students at both elementary schools were in no danger Tuesday.

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