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.