No news is good news at Battle Mountain: No incidents, new security measures | VailDaily.com

No news is good news at Battle Mountain: No incidents, new security measures

EDWARDS — Lots and lots of students did not show up for class on Thursday at Battle Mountain High School. The ones who did were showered with affection, attention and food.

Thursday came and went with none of the violence threatened from notes scrawled on the school floor by an unknown person.

For a while, it appeared that every doughnut in the Vail Valley was at Battle Mountain on Thursday. Parents walked the halls chatting with students and passing out food.

The ones who skipped school Thursday can check out their assignments online, and they're still responsible for getting their work done.

The lacrosse team and soccer teams gathered at the school before heading out to road games.

Some Battle Mountain students even strolled back from neighboring Colorado Mountain College, where they took some advanced-placement exams, taking advantage of a spectacular spring day.

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"We appreciate the students who attended school today. You displayed the courage and determination of a Husky, and we look forward to seeing many more students tomorrow," district officials said in a statement on Thursday.

How this started

On Friday, Battle Mountain staff members found two messages written on the floor of Battle Mountain High School. One of these messages communicated a threat of violence for a specific date but was not directed at any specific individuals. The other was a suicide note.

On Tuesday afternoon, two more messages were found in the school. One was similar to Friday's threat message; the other appears to be a copycat, school district officials said.

Leads and tips continue to pour in, and they'll investigate each one, said district officials and the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

"We have gathered a great deal of evidence and are optimistic that the investigation will conclude soon," district officials said.

They also discouraged hysterical social media posts.

"Many, many social media posts are circulating with inaccurate information," they said.

Security measures

New security measures are in place and will stay, including:

• Bag checks

• Lockout

• Closing the academic wing at 4 p.m.

Access to the athletic wing and cafeteria wing will only be available if after-school activities are scheduled. If no activities are planned, the building will be patrolled and emptied by 4:30 p.m.

If students think they need counseling and support services, they should contact Rose Ruiz at 970-569-5380.

Refer all credible information to school administration, talk to children about appropriate use of social media and ask them to refrain from creating and distributing social media posts about this situation.

Call Crime Stoppers at 970-328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES.