Cripple Creek Students Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat

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Cripple Creek-Victor students were evacuated and sent home early Monday morning after a threat was made.

"We don't have that many in this small community, so when we do we do take it seriously and that was the basis to evacuate," said Police Chief Gary Hamilton.

Cripple Creek police tell 11 News that a non-specific threat was called in to one of the schools over the weekend. School officials retrieved the message at the start of the school day when voice mails were checked.

Elementary students were evacuated to Cripple Creek Baptist Church at First and Carr, while junior high and high school students were evacuated to Cripple Creek Park and Recreation at 128 E. Bennet Ave. Buses then brought students home at 11:15 a.m. Students who do not ride the bus were able to be picked up by parents at those evacuation sites.

"I was still scared when my mom came and picked us up," said one student.

"Not even halfway through our third class, they told us we were getting evacauted to park and rec. They finally told us why when we got to park and rec," said student Florence Aroyewun.

The Cripple Creek Police Department and the Colorado Springs Police Department, with the assistance of the Colorado Springs K-9 Unit, searched both schools with negative results.

Police have determined that threat was not credible.

School will resume on Tuesday, November 30 at regularly scheduled times.

Chief Hamilton says he hopes to identify and prosecute the person who made the threat.

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