Alleged threats at SMS prompt investigation, letter |

Alleged threats at SMS prompt investigation, letter

LORY POUNDERsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

FRISCO Summit Middle School staff sent home a letter to parents Friday reassuring them about the schools safety following an investigation into two students who allegedly made threatening remarks about a teacher.Safety and security of our schools and staff is of the utmost importance to our school district, said Julie McCluskie, climate and communications coordinator for Summit School District.So, when Summit Middle School staff was made aware of an alleged student threat to a staff member, they took student statements and disciplinary action and passed the information to the Summit County Sheriffs Office Jan. 29.A summary of the police report is that two students made threatening remarks about a teacher, said Paulette Horr, Sheriffs Office spokesperson.The Sheriffs Office sent the information to the district attorneys office.No charges are going to be filed, said Mark Hurlbert, district attorney. Weve decided there was no credible threat.Sheriff John Minor shared the same sentiment, saying, Theres really nothing to it. Its not a credible threat, Minor said. We dont believe there is means or opportunity.The letter sent home to SMS parents states, Although it is not our practice to communicate with our parent community about individual incidents involving our students, a recent situation has raised concerns and questions from some of you. We felt it necessary to try and reduce any confusion and reassure you of our responsiveness in this matter. It is vague about the details of what happened out of respect for those involved.Also, the letter says that the incident was investigated, reported to law enforcement and appropriate disciplinary action was taken with the students.When asked about what the action was, McCluskie said, I cant disclose that out of respect for the students involved. And when asked about whether the teacher is at school, she said she cant speak to the situation.For any parent who has a concern, school administration doors are always open, McCluskie said.Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at

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