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.