13-year-old arrested after Shadow Ridge Middle School evacuated

THORNTON, Colo. -- A 13-year-old student has been arrested after Shadow Ridge Middle School in Thornton was evacuated on Monday afternoon, the Thornton Police Department said.

Police said they found containers of ethanol at the school.

The student was arrested for interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions.

The charge is a misdeamenor and the student has been released to his parents this evening.

The school was evacuated around noon on Monday as police started searching the school as students and staff were loaded onto buses.

“It was scary just knowing what could have happened if he found a match or a lighter and he blew up the whole school,” Caden Munez, a student at the school said.

“Just terrifying the environment we live in now,” Munez’s mother said.

FOX31 was on the scene as parents lined up to pick up their children at the district offices located at 1500 E. 128th Ave. Some waited hours as Adams 12 implemented their parent reunionfication policies which include showing photo ID.

An email from Adams 12 Five Star Schools sent to families said classes would resume Tuesday. Counselors would be available.

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