Eagle-Vail: Teen arrested on weapon, drug charges | VailDaily.com

Eagle-Vail: Teen arrested on weapon, drug charges

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” A high school freshman has been arrested on suspicion of felony weapon and drug charges.

A 15-year-old Battle Mountain High School student tried to sell painkillers to a student and brought brass knuckles to school May 16, authorities said.

The boy, whose name is being withheld, was arrested Monday night and released to his parents, said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

A student told administrators about the boy allegedly trying to sell painkillers and the school contacted authorities, said Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for the Eagle County School District.

The boy was given in-school suspension and counseling May 16, and has been suspended out of school since then, Skjonsby said. A decision on whether he will be expelled has not yet been reached, she said.

“Ultimately, our students’ safety is of utmost importance,” Skjonsby said.

The boy, who has no criminal record, was arrested on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of dangerous weapon, Cordingly said.

No other students have been disciplined in connection with the incident, but Cordingly said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The arrest comes after the Board of Education approved last week a random drug testing program for students who participate in extra-curricular activities and sports. The goal, along with getting help for students who are using drugs, is to deter substance abuse all together.

“Ultimately, it’s interrupting their ability to learn in a class room,” Skjonsby said about substance abuse among students. “That matters to us.”

This is the second time since November that authorities have reported juveniles being accused of bringing weapons to Battle Mountain High School.

Two juveniles had brought pellet guns to the school and had shot windows out of a school bus at the nearby Eagle-Vail bus barn, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The juveniles were arrested after they allegedly shot out several car windows from the roof of an Edwards shopping center Nov. 30.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at (970) 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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