Eagle student arrested after bomb threat | VailDaily.com

Eagle student arrested after bomb threat

Dustin Racioppi
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” A 17-year-old high school student was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to bomb one of Eagle County’s high school’s, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

The young man, who is from Eagle, was arrested Tuesday and charged with false reporting of explosives. He was taken to the Eagle County jail and later released to a parent.

The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 in which the caller said “Bomb high school tomorrow.” It’s unclear what school he was referring to or his motives behind the call.

Sheriff’s deputies and Eagle and Vail police searched all five county high schools to make sure there were no explosives and determined school would be safe Tuesday.

“It was a really collaborative effort. The response was impeccable,” said Brooke Skjonsby, Eagle County schools’ director of communications.

Skjonsby said the district is waiting until the sheriff’s investigation is complete to take disciplinary action against the student. He does face suspension or expulsion, she said.

The criminal investigation will dictate when the young man who made the threat will be let back to school, if at all, said Mike Gass, the school district’s executive director of secondary education and curriculum.

“We’re not going to let anybody back in school until everyone’s safe,” he said. “We want to make sure everything is done the way it needs to be done so it’s fair for all the kids.”

Gass said administrators were notified around midnight Tuesday of the threat, and started deliberating whether to cancel school.

“Our position at that point was to react and make sure we followed up with police basically work through the whole process of making sure schools were safe and ready for business today,” Gass said on Tuesday.

“The lens we look at this through is, ‘Would I put my kid in school the next day?’ We said, ‘Yes, we could.'”

Gass said there were no problems reported Tuesday at any of the schools.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or dracioppi@vaildaily.com.

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