Report of gun at Summit High causes scare
summit daily news
Vail, CO Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – Two Summit High School students witnessed a man loading a gun inside a vehicle Monday afternoon in the school’s student parking lot. The sighting resulted in a lock-down of the high school and several other schools throughout the district.
As of Monday afternoon, local authorities had not been able to locate the vehicle.
The incident began when the two student witnesses saw a man in a dark blue Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck allegedly loading a magazine for a rifle. Shortly thereafter, an unidentified female came out of the school and got in the truck, which then drove away in an unknown direction. Authorities do not know whether the female is a student.
School video recorded at 2:03 p.m. showed the truck, with a red air compressor in the back. The female left the school at 2:10 p.m. The license plate was not visible in the video footage.
One of the student witnesses reported the incident to his parents when he got home, about 20 minutes after the gun sighting. The student’s parents contacted local authorities. According to Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy LeClair, the student himself is familiar with guns, leading him to be “fairly certain” of what he saw.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to the call searched the school area but were unable to locate the vehicle.
Several schools in the district went on lock-down, meaning that all students were brought inside and perimeters were secured.
“We didn’t have a lot of information initially,” said Summit School District spokeswoman Julie McCluskie. “Our responsibility and concern is the safety of our kids, so we acted in the best interest of student safety.”
Frisco Elementary was one of the schools to go on lock-down, although school had already let out for the day, so most children were not in the building.
“When I heard what was going on, I felt kind of nervous,” said Frisco Elementary student Wyatt Cunningham, who was present for the Frisco lock-down.
Upper Blue Elementary, Breckenridge Elementary, Summit Cove Elementary, Summit Middle School and Summit High School conducted controlled releases, meaning students were not allowed to walk or take the bus home. Parents had to retrieve all students from the schools.
Summit School District officials provided extra surveillance for after-school activities Monday night, and some activities were canceled.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 453-2232. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at (866) 453-STOP.
Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or email@example.com.