OLATHE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) We're learning more about what caused local schools to close due to that they called a 'viable' threat.
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Wednesday night, the Montrose County School District Re-1J and Montrose County Sheriff’s Office received a Safe2Tell report of a credible threat to an Olathe school made by a student.
According to a news release the agencies determined the threat was credible after reviewing the student’s social media account. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office and the Montrose County School District Re-1J began to investigate and the decision was made to cancel the schools in the interest of student, faculty, and public safety.
The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office met with the student and the student’s family shortly after midnight. A search of the residence produced no weapons or ammunition.
“I have full confidence that our schools are safe. These type of threats will not be tolerated,” said Sheriff Gene Lillard. “I’d like to commend the individuals that came forward with the information and used Safe2Tell as the method.”
Classes in Olathe will resume on Friday as normal.
The Montrose County Sherriff’s Office and Olathe Police Department will have an increased law enforcement presence at Olathe Schools.
The school and law enforcement added in their press release that, "Emotions are understandably high right now. Please refrain from spreading rumors on social media. These matters are of serious concern to the community and we continue to encourage students and parents to report potential threats of violence."
If you are aware of a threat to safety on a school campus or anywhere, call 911. Or if you prefer to remain anonymous, report to Safe2Tell at safe2tell.org, or by calling 1-877-542-7233 or you can download the Safe2Tell app.
Schools in Olathe are closed Thursday because of a threat.
The Montrose County School District posted the alert late Wednesday night on Facebook.
It says Olathe Elementary, as well as Olathe Middle/High Schools will be closed February 7th because of a viable threat.
The district says the decision was made under the direction of the Montrose County Sheriff's Office.
The district is not saying what kind of threat was made.
We will keep you posted as we get more information.