Widefield D-3 issues letter to parents addressing credible threat at Widefield High School

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A student was arrested Monday in connection with a credible threat made last week at Widefield High School.

According to Widefield School District 3 officials, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office arrested the unnamed student Monday off school grounds.

District officials said the following in a letter sent to parents:

“As a school district, we do not determine if a threat is credible, that is the role of law enforcement. Our job is to believe there is reasonable concern and take appropriate action to protect the safety of all staff and students. Last week was no different. When we became aware of a possible threat, we investigated and took appropriate disciplinary steps, and then turned the incident over to the sheriff’s office.

We understand parent concerns regarding safety, and we consistently implement due diligence to protect our students and staff while supporting the efforts of law enforcement.

It is not our practice to get ahead of law enforcement investigations as we do not have to demonstrate the same burden of proof, nor do we determine the credibility of statements made by students.

We appreciate and support our relationship with local law enforcement in helping us keep our community safe.

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