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No policy to contact parents after graffiti threat

By Jonathan Petramala, Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter, jonathan.petramala@krdo.com
Published On: Feb 14 2014 12:18:53 AM CST

A chalk message with the words "Columbine" and "Feb 14" caused concern at Pueblo Central High.

PUEBLO, Colo. -

It’s a name that’s meaning can’t be erased as simply as the chalk it was written with.

Columbine. 

Pueblo Police say that name along with “Feb 14” were found scrawled on the outside of Pueblo Central High on January 31st.

School resource officers began investigating it as a possible threat. 

Back in April, 1999, two teenagers killed 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton. 

But no information about the possible threat was released to students or parents until today.

“Because we didn’t have anything to show that it was a credible threat,” said Sgt. Eric Gonzales.

The information was released only after rumors started to run wild on social media.

District 60 tells Newschannel 13 that there is no policy requiring parents are notified of a possible threat that is being investigated.

District spokesman Scott Jones says nothing was reported because they didn’t want to cause hysteria over one word…Columbine.  But rumors that swirled around the school did concern students.

“You never know.  I think that’s why everybody is really worked up about it is nobody really knows,” said student Teddy Koncilja.

Soon after the information about the perceived threat was released, a student came to police claiming responsibility. 

Police haven’t released any information about the suspect, other than he was a juvenile.   Sgt. Gonzales says the person responsible will probably only face misdemeanor vandalism charges.

D-60 called the secured perimeter status for Friday, Feb. 14, a precaution. Security has already been heightened at the school and it will remain heightened on Friday.

Parents on our Facebook page have commented that they might keep their kids home from Central High on Friday.

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