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Classes canceled at Walsenburg schools following threat, stolen guns

Posted: 10:16 AM, Jan 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-10 14:58:09-05
Peakview School Walsenburg
Photo of Peakview school in Walsenburg, Colo on Jan. 10, 2019.

WALSENBURG – Huerfano RE-1 canceled classes at its Walsenburg schools Thursday following a threat and recent gun thefts from staff members.

Both Peakview Middle School and John Mall High School are closed Thursday.

District Superintendent Michael Moore told News5 that a student at Peakview Middle School made a threat Wednesday morning. That threat came after an assistant principal at Peakview reported a break-in where two handguns were stolen earlier in the week. Another staff member also reported that an AR-15 and a .357 were stolen from their home before Wednesday’s threat.

Moore did not say if the student accused of making the threat has been suspended or arrested. Both schools went into lockout protocol on Wednesday following the threat, but Moore said the stolen guns prompted the decision to cancel classes Thursday.

The Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this case. The district operates on a four-day schedule, so students will be off school on Friday. The district said it will update parents on Sunday at the latest about whether it will have classes on Monday.

The other school in the district, the Gardner School, is operating on a normal schedule Thursday.