3 Weld Central High School students arrested after alleged threat

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KEENESBURG, Colo. — Three students were arrested Monday after an alleged threat was made at Weld Central High School, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives were alerted to potential school violence at the school and several students were identified as co-conspirators in the threat, the sheriff’s office said.

Two students were taken into custody and booked on charges of interference with staff, faculty, or students of an educational institution. They were booked into the Platte Valley Youth Detention facility in Greeley.

“The investigation is ongoing at this time but there appears to be no remaining credible threat towards the safety of Weld Central High School, students or staff,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

The specific nature of the threat and the identities of the students were not released.

The school, located just outside Keenesburg, didn’t go on lockdown or cancel classes late in the day on Monday because administrators said they were still investigating and didn’t find any weapons in the building.

Tuesday morning, parents had a hard time deciding whether to send their kids back to school — it was the last day of class for seniors.

“It was a long night of trying to decide if I should keep them home or have enough trust to send them up there,” said Tara Dreiling, who’s senior daughter convinced her to go to school Tuesday to enjoy her last day of classes.

“We felt students were safe to attend, so we shared the information that we could share,” said Greg Rabenhorst, superintendent of Weld County School District RE3J.

On Tuesday afternoon, the school district and investigators with Weld County Sheriff’s Office announced that a third student was also arrested. They also announced that the threat was still in the early planning stages and involved “personal weapons”, not bombs or other large devices.

“There was not really anything specific about a specific time, location, targets, that kind of stuff,” said Rabenhorst.

While investigators said they don’t anticipate any other arrests, some parents say their questions continue.

“Is there going to be security for graduation?” Dreiling said. “It’s the same week that the threat came in, so how are they going to prepare for that?”

School administrators praised the student who came forward to alert them of the threat. They said their courage to come forward may have prevented tragedy.

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