Threat causes lockout at Steamboat Springs High School |

Threat causes lockout at Steamboat Springs High School

A reported threat caused a lockout at Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday afternoon, sparking a quick response from local law enforcement. Superintendent Brad Meeks said the students were not in any danger.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A report of a threat caused a temporary lockout at Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday afternoon, according to school officials.

The incident came just a day after a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, which killed one student and injured eight others.

After receiving a Safe2Tell report alleging a male student was going to “shoot up the school,” high school staff in Steamboat initiated the lockout at 3 p.m. Wednesday, which lasted about 10 minutes, according to Superintendent Brad Meeks.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers quickly identified the student and learned he had not come to school that day, which is why they initiated a lockout rather than a lockdown. In such a scenario, classes can continue as usual, but staff restrict people from entering or exiting the building.

After questioning the student, police determined he did not pose a threat to himself or others, according to Meeks.

“I don’t think the student even understood why the police were talking to him,” he said.

Staff were able to release students from school at the normal time of 3:35 p.m.

Meeks added the incident underscores the importance of Safe2Tell, Colorado’s anonymous reporting system.

“It is very important that if students see or hear something, that they say something,” he said in an email.

Because the system is anonymous, police do not know who made the initial report of the threat.

In the wake of this and recent incidents, such as the Highlands Ranch shooting, Meeks said law enforcement will have an increased presence at schools throughout the district this week.

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