FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Students are scheduled to head back to class Thursday after Fruita Monument High School and the 8/9 school were on lockdown as authorities surrounded the schools on Wednesday.
Students leaving Fruita Monument High School after Lockdown
School District 51 said students are scheduled to have a regular day at school on Thursday. There will be counselors available for students at both schools.
It all started Wednesday morning around 8 a.m. when police got a call about a man with a gun at the nearby Maverick gas station, who was possibly headed for the school. That report prompted the two schools to go into a shelter in place status, which means phones are not answered and no one other than first responders is allowed in or out.
School District 51 said the shelter in place was just a precaution because there was a heavy police presence nearby. It was upgraded to a lockdown when a Safe2Tell tip came in about a possible threat inside the school.
The SWAT team arrived and authorities blocked traffic in the area.
Video posted to social media showed SWAT officers entering one classroom that students inside. Officers went room-by-room in order to clear the school.
The district said the Safe2Tell tip turned out to not be credible and it was the only one officials received.
As for the suspect that prompted the situation, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office said the incident at the gas station, involving a suspect pointing a gun at someone did not happen the way it was initially reported. They said there was never a gunman near the schools and no shots were ever fired.