17-year-old arrested for Niwot High School hit list, bomb threat

Posted on: 8:07 am, January 16, 2013, by , updated on: 11:36am, January 16, 2013

Police investigate at Niwot High school on Jan. 11 after classes were cancelled due to a bomb threat and a discovered 'hit list.'

Police investigate at Niwot High school on Jan. 11 after classes were cancelled due to a bomb threat and a discovered 'hit list.'

NIWOT, Colo. — Police arrested a 17-year-old student from Niwot High School Tuesday night, saying he made a hit list with names of his classmates on it and issued a bomb threat last week.

The suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, is being charged with one count of false reporting of explosives, a class 6 felony, and one count of interference with staff, faculty or students of an educational institution, a class 1 misdemeanor.

He is being held in a Boulder County jail without bond.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s office reported that an employee at Niwot High School first reported finding a threatening note written on a wall in the school on Jan. 7.

On Jan. 10, two students handed over a letter they found at the school, which was “threatening in nature,” identified approximately 22 students and “implied a risk to their safety,” according to police.

Those two incidents caused Niwot High School administrators to cancel classes on Jan. 11. The school resumed to its normal schedule this week after an unidentified student was suspended.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s office said it was able to identify a suspect with the help of tips from the public and physical evidence found in the school.