Gruesome threat at school worries girl’s father

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FREDERICK, Colo. -- A frustrated father contacted the FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers after he said a student pulled out a pocket knife at school and threatened to slit his 12-year-old daughter's throat.

The girl wasn't hurt, but her father said the school district isn't taking the treat seriously and is allowing the student who made the threat to return to school.

Joshua Wickstrom said the incident happened Wednesday, on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, at Thunder Valley K-8 in Frederick.

He accused the student of being very explicit with his threats, saying "I want to slit your throat and watch you bleed everywhere. I want to watch the blood come out of your throat." Wickstrom said he also told his daughter, "Keep your doors locked at night. It was easy to get in last time."

"It's just something that haunts you and it repeats in your mind over and over again," Wickstrom said.

He said his daughter has been a wreck ever since, worried about her safety, especially after the district told them the student was only being suspended for three days.

The St. Vrain Valley School District's website said students can be expelled or suspended for bringing knives to school, but would not comment on specific disciplinary action when the Problem Solvers contacted it Monday.

"Student safety is our highest priority and we take all allegations of conduct that could impact student well-being very seriously," the district said in a statement. "An alleged threat to an individual student's safety came to our attention on Wednesday and we immediately began a thorough investigation in partnership with the Frederick Police Department."

Wickstrom wants the student expelled.

"If you get caught with marijuana, that's a three-day suspension. You get insubordinate to a substitute teacher, that's a three-day suspension. How can we compare the threat of someone's life?  That's creepy. To me that's a creep running around and a predator at that," he said.