Credible threat closes Woodland Park School District schools as investigation continues

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Woodland Park School District closed all schools Wednesday and will do so again on Thursday as an investigation continues into a credible threat made at the high school last Friday.

The threat comes on the heels of several school threats to hit southern Colorado in just the last week alone.

Threats were deemed credible at both Woodland Park and Widefield School Districts, with a student at Widefield High School arrested after a threat made last Wednesday.

According to Woodland Park High School, the threat was found in the girls bathroom and written in graffiti three separate times.

“If kids are making threats or making jokes, just to realize how serious it is and people are getting hurt every day because of these threats,” said Stacy Schubloom, Public Relations and Marketing official for Woodland Park School District.

The Colorado Springs Police Department explains that every threat is taken seriously and investigated fully to make sure schools stay safe zones for everyone. When it comes to evaluating whether a threat is credible or not, CSPD says they look at several factors.

“We’re looking at is there a plan? What kind of conversations have been occurring, whether it’s on social media or with friends, do they have the means to carry out that threat?” said Lt. Howard Black with CSPD.

Lt. Black reminded parents to talk with their children about the consequences of things they might say. Recently an elementary student in Widefield was charged with a misdemeanor, even after the threat made was found not credible by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

All Woodland Park School District schools will be closed for a second day on Thursday, Mar. 1 as the investigation continues.

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