A thirteen-year-old male student at East Middle School was arrested and released on a summons to his parents this morning for making statements to other students about carrying out a school shooting. The student was charged with Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions, a class one misdemeanor. The Colorado Open Records Act prohibits the release of the student’s name or identifying information.
The student is alleged to have made these statements yesterday morning at school. Other students who overheard the statements shared them with their peers and on social media, but did not immediately report them. The first Safe2Tell tip didn’t come in until approximately 2:30pm, shortly before school let out for the day. The suspect was contacted yesterday afternoon, and received his summons this morning. The student is not in school today.
Parents, please remind your children of the importance of immediately reporting anything they perceive as a threat or safety issue to school staff without delay so that law enforcement can intervene. While we know and expect that issues like this will generate conversation and speculation, the priority must be notifying adults who can assess the safety of students and staff right away.
This afternoon, a fifth grade student at Mesa View Elementary School was arrested and released on a summons to his parents for making statements about bringing a gun to school and shooting people. The students to whom the comments were directed were understandably frightened and immediately did the right thing; they told a teacher. The child was not in possession of a weapon at school, and he was charged with misdemeanor menacing.
Emotions are understandably high right now. Please have a conversation with your kids about the events of the past week, and provide age appropriate context to reassure them. We are unwavering in our commitment to investigate all safety concerns that are reported to us, and we will take appropriate measures to maintain a peaceful, productive environment for students and school staff. We urge you to refrain from perpetuating social media rumors, and instead to report any potential threats directly to local law enforcement or via Safe2Tell.
Earlier today, two students at Caprock Academy were overheard discussing last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and making comments that were perceived as threatening to the safety of the school. Several students overheard this conversation and immediately reported it to school staff, who promptly involved law enforcement. The students who made the statements were contacted and interviewed by officers with the Grand Junction Police Department. Investigation did not reveal any immediate threat to the safety of the campus. Ultimately, the two students, 15 and 16 year old males, were arrested and released to their parents on a summons for Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions, a class 1 misdemeanor. The Colorado Open Records Act prohibits the release of the names or identifying information of the suspects.
We want to commend the students who were brave enough to report this to school staff. It’s imperative that students are able to be the eyes and ears of our schools, and that they feel safe in reporting something that could protect themselves, their fellow students, and their teachers. Please continue to encourage your kids to speak out about anything they believe could indicate a threat to their safety or the safety of others.
Yesterday, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were made aware of potential threats to one of our schools.
On Thursday afternoon, school administrators became aware of alleged threats made by a student at Grand Junction High School, alluding to contemplating a mass shooting at the school. The comments were made in the course of a conversation with another student. The administrator promptly notified law enforcement, and officers acted immediately. Investigation resulted in the arrest of the 15-year-old male suspect, for charges of Disorderly Conduct (M2), Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institutions (M1), and Inciting Destruction of Life or Property (F6). The student was remanded to the custody of the Department of Youth Corrections. The Colorado Open Records Act prohibits the release of the suspect’s name or identifying information.
The Grand Junction Police Department takes these types of threats extremely seriously. The safety of our students and school staff is paramount. We, along with Mesa County Valley School District 51, would not send kids to school if we believed that a threat to their safety existed.
We encourage parents to talk with their kids about the importance of speaking to a trusted adult about any threat of violence against them, fellow students, or their school. Another option is Safe2Tell, which is a way for students to report anonymously. One student brave enough to speak out has the power to prevent potential tragedy.
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help to locate the persons involved in criminal activity.
Sometime between January 11-13th, two personal checks were stolen from a residential mailbox in the 2700 block of F ½ Road. About 5 p.m. on Friday, January 13th , an unknown female entered Alpine National Bank and attempted to cash one of the personal checks which had been altered. A photo of the female can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the persons involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.
Shortly after 11:00pm on Wednesday night, several people called 911 and reported hearing what they believed to be multiple gun shots in the area of 585 25 1/2 Road. A description of a vehicle seen leaving the area was provided to dispatch, and a car matching the description was observed by law enforcement in the 900 Block of Northern Way. Prior to being contacted by law enforcement, the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. Due to reports of a similar vehicle possibly being related to the shots fired call, a shelter in place notification was sent to residents within a quarter mile radius.
Subsequently, two occupants of the vehicle were contacted by law enforcement and interviewed. Investigation thus far indicates that a residence in the mobile home park at 585 25 1/2 Road, which was occupied by four people at the time, was shot multiple times by unknown subjects in a dark SUV. No one was injured. The occupants of the residence fled in the vehicle that was later located on Northern Way.
No arrests have been made, and officers are seeking information from anyone who may know something about the suspects involved in this incident. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000, all while remaining completely anonymous. To provide information, contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County at (970)241-STOP, or http://www.241stop.com.
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help to locate those responsible for shooting a cow.
In the early morning hours on Sunday, February 4th , a dark colored two door car was seen speeding out of the area after three gun shots were fired near an open field located in the 2900 block of D Road. Later that morning, a Grand Junction Police Officer responded to a call of a dead cow. The total estimated property loss is over $2,000.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.