Authorities: Threats at 2 local elementary schools deemed non-credible

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A student has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with a threat at a local elementary school later deemed non-credible by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, the unnamed student from Sunrise Elementary School on Feb. 28 sent a text with the same wording as a note left in the bathroom at Webster Elementary School the day before. The student was charged with Interference of Faculty, Staff and Students of Educational Institutions — a misdemeanor. Authorities say the threat was fully investigated and deemed non-credible.

A handwritten threat left in the bathroom at Webster Elementary School the day before was also investigated and deemed non-credible.

“The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with our School District Partners to investigate and curb the large uptick we have seen in school threats. We strongly encourage parents to have a conversation with their children and about school threats and the impact it has on schools and the community,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “We also encourage parents to speak with your children about the seriousness of the charges they could be facing should they make a threat towards students, faculty, or school as a whole.”

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