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Teachers allegedly threatened

Gary E. Salazar

— Two Steamboat Springs High School students may face criminal charges after allegedly making threats against teachers and staff earlier this week.

On Wednesday afternoon, two 15-year-old boys were taken into custody by a Steamboat Springs police officer after other students reported the boys were making the threats. Steamboat Springs School Resource Officer Jason Patrick said the two boys were having a conversation that was overheard by other students.

Patrick would not disclose the details of the threats, but he said the conversation focused on teachers and staff.

The boys were arrested at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, escorted out of the school and later released to their parents, Patrick said.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James is reviewing the incident to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

St. James could not be reached for comment Friday. The boys have been suspended from school.

“The school district is taking action,” Superintendent Cyndy Simms said Friday. “There is not much more I can say because of student confidentiality.”

Simms said the district is following school policy that outlines procedures for students who make threats or exhibit violent behavior.

According to the policy, high school Principal David Schmid will schedule a pre-expulsion hearing with Simms.

During the boys’ suspension time, the parents of the students must have their sons assessed for the violence risk they pose, the policy states.

Parents are given a school district referral list of licensed professionals who have been approved to conduct risk assessments.

Simms will conduct the pre-expulsion hearing to determine whether the students are safe to return to school.

To make a decision, Simms will consider a recommendation from Schmid, the results of the risk assessment and the parents’ willingness to participate with their children in family counseling.

If Simms determines the students should be expelled, the School Board will schedule an expulsion hearing.

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