On Thursday evening, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were made aware of potential threats of violence at Orchard Mesa Middle School.
A student at the school told their parent that they were aware of a plan by a fellow student to carry out a school shooting in the coming days. The suspect had made claims of a plan to “do a re-creation of the Columbine shooting.”
Officers began working with school officials to ensure they were aware of the situation. The suspect, a twelve year old male, was contacted at his home, and was interviewed by officers in the presence of his legal guardian. Ultimately, the juvenile was taken into custody, and is currently facing charges of felony menacing (a class 5 felony) and interference with staff, faculty, or students of an education institution (a class 1 misdemeanor).
The investigation into this incident is still very active and ongoing, with interviews of potential witnesses continuing in the coming days. School was held on a normal schedule today, with additional officers on campus out of an abundance of caution.
The student who came forward with this information is to be commended. We’re grateful for this student’s courage and willingness to speak up and be an advocate for the safety of students and staff. We encourage all parents and guardians to work towards an open, honest dialog with their kids, so students feel safe disclosing information that needs the intervention of an adult.