Olathe schools close after social media threat

OLATHE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Students in Olathe stayed home, after a 14-year-old student made a social media threat against Olathe High and Middle School.

The Montrose County Sheriff's Office felt that the threat was credilbe, after a student reported a tip using Safe2Tell.

The night of February 6th, a student reported information on Safe2Tell about another student, making verbal threats.

That's when the decision was made to cancel classes at Olathe High and Middle School, as well as Olathe Elementary.

When Montrose County School District and the sheriff's office got the tip, deputies found a picture of the student in question on social media, holding a gun.

Just after midnight, they tracked him down, and found no guns or ammunition after they searched the residence.

While authorities said there was no threat to the public, the situation was serious.

"What made it credible was the fact that he had posted on Facebook with him holding a firearm, and also the fact that he had made those threats in a classroom," said Montrose County Sheriff, Gene Lillard.

The 14-year-old has been charged with felony menacing and interfering with faculty, staff, students at an educational institution.

Classes will be back to normal in Olathe on February 7th.

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