Student arrested after making threat against Widefield High School

SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. (KKTV) - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that a student was arrested following a threat at Widefield High School.

Sgt. William Ewell said high school staff found out about a possible threat to the school early Wednesday morning.

"Through investigation of the school administration and the school SRO, that threat was found to be credible," Ewell said.

He would not elaborate on what the threat was or how school administration found out about it. He said the student was arrested and booked into Spring Creek Youth Services Center Wednesday night.

"He's facing charges of inciting destruction of life and property, which is a Class 6 Felony for making viable threats to the school and people in the school," Ewell said.

Widefield School District 3 officials told 11 News the high school principal emailed parents Thursday morning to explain what happened.

"I just have to trust that the school is going to protect my child," said Katie Cuellar, a parent of a 10th-grader.

School officials said only high school parents were notified because the incident was isolated there and resolved fairly quickly.

Neighbors who live across from the school told 11 News they wish officials would have let them know what was happening.

"What if something had happened as the children were walking home yesterday? What if it had been at that time? There's always the possibility that the threat is carried out before anything can be done, so that's very frightening," said Della Peoples.

Peoples said she has grandchildren who go to the middle and elementary schools and sometimes walk past the high school.

"It's a scary thought that something could actually happen in the high school," Peoples said. "We've had so much happening in high schools, elementary schools, and the thought of something happening in our school, it's a frightening thought."

Ewell said there was no need for extra security at any of the district's schools Thursday.

He reminded parents to tell their kids about Safe2Tell. It's an app where students can anonymously report anything that concerns them. Students can also call 1-877-542-7233 to report.