Sheriff’s investigators: Teacher failed to tell authorities about threat against Elbert school

ELBERT, Colo. -- Parents are asking questions in the small town of Elbert after a student was arrested for making threats at the community’s only school.

There are 230 students who attend classes in grades pre-K through 12.

A 15-year-old boy said last week he would “shoot up the school.”

It was then that a student told a teacher, who investigators say failed to notify authorities.

Law enforcement officers were unaware of the threats until parent Melissa Puckett called the Elbert County Sheriff's Office when she heard about them from students on Tuesday, several days after they were made.

“I don’t understand why he wouldn’t report it," Puckett said. "That’s just something you don’t take lightly. There have been several school shootings.”

Elbert School District 200 Superintendent Kelli Thompson said she could not say if the teacher was aware of the threats because of the investigation. The teacher is not being identified.

Thompson said faculty members are supposed to know what to do when threats are heard.

“All of our staff are trained every year in regards to mandatory reporting items," Thompson said.

The teacher has been been put on paid administrative leave and has been cited for not reporting the threats.

The 15-year-old boy is being held in a juvenile detention facility.