Elizabeth High School closed Friday due to ‘serious and specific’ threat, early indications suggest it was not credible


ELIZABETH, Colo. (KDVR) — Elizabeth High School in Elbert County will be closed Friday due to a security threat.

EHS Principal Bret McClendon sent an email to families Thursday evening.

“The Elizabeth Police Department was informed of the threat by the Homeland Security Bureau, and in turn contacted school staff. Because of the nature of this threat, we believe the best course of action is to close Elizabeth High School [Friday],” McClendon wrote.

He described the threat as “serious and specific.”

McClendon did not elaborate on details of the threat. He said no threats have been made to other schools in the district but there will be a heightened law enforcement presence at other Elizabeth schools.

Elizabeth police said Friday morning that they received an email from a criminal research specialist from Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. The email said, “Tip Msg: heard of a school shooting threat at Elizabeth HS at 1040a”.

The tip was anonymous and Homeland Security had no way of tracking the tip, according to police.

The FBI is now involved in helping with the investigation, according to EPD.

On Friday afteroon, Elizabeth Police Chief Stephen Hasler said that the threat investigation that led to the closure of Elizabeth High School Friday is ongoing, but early indications suggest it was not a credible threat.

Elizabeth Schools superintendent, Douglas Bissonette, says they will be making a decision about whether or not athletic events and activities at Elizabeth High School on Saturday will go forward as planned.

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