PUEBLO WEST, Colo. (KKTV) - Pueblo County School District 70 is reporting an alleged threat came through a Safe2Tell tip on Wednesday for a middle school.
On Thursday, only about 250 students were in attendance at Sky View Middle School. About 660 kids are enrolled at the school. It isn't clear if the less than 40 percent attendance on Thursday was attributed to the alleged threat, or if the weather played a role too.
There was no attendance penalty on Thursday because of the alleged threat.
"The threat wasn't real specific," D-70 Superintendent Ed Smith told 11 News. "We didn't feel like it was necessary to close the school that day, but we didn't want our parents not to know what was going on. So we made sure that they did. Parents then could make the decision themselves."
The district posted the following to social media Wednesday night:
This evening District 70 received a Safe2 Tell Tip for Sky View Middle School. The tip was vague about a possible threat at the school on Thursday. Skyview Administration, District 70 Administration, and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s office takes these Safe2Tell tips seriously and our number one priority is to ensure the safety of our students. We will have heightened security tomorrow with additional District 70 personnel and Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies present at school tomorrow. If you decide to not send your student to school tomorrow, there will be no attendance penalty. An academic day will occur for students who do attend school tomorrow.
This is a developing story and as more information becomes available this article will be updated.
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