Modified Lockout to Remain in Place after School Threat

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A former student accused of making threats against students at John Mall High School in Walsenburg has been arrested.

Walsenburg Police say the 16-year-old student was arrested Friday after new allegations were identified in recent days. Police say they conducted more interviews and requested the arrest warrant Friday.

Huerfano Re-1 District says the threat does not appear imminent, but district staff members are working with Walsenburg police to stay on top of the situation. This weekend there was a modified lockout for any weekend practices or school approved student meetings at John Mall High School.

Sunday, the district said that modified lockout will stay in place until further notice. The district said the extra security measures are just a precaution.

The name of the former student has not been released because he is a juvenile.
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The Walsenburg Police Department says they are continuing their investigation into a threat made at John Mall High School.

The threat was made Wednesday after a routine lockdown drill. Police say they had a report that a student planned to shoot several other students. Police increased officer presence around the high school Wednesday.

Thursday, classes were canceled because of the cold temperatures. The district is on a Monday through Thursday schedule, so there is no school on Friday.

The Walsenburg Police Department sent out the following news release Thursday:

The Walsenburg Police Department is aware of the threat that was made at John Mall High School yesterday. We take these situations very seriously and are investigating the validity of the threat. We have stepped up extra patrol around the school as a precautionary measure.

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