Returning to class Friday after schools had been closed for two days due to what police said was a credible threat was scary, some Woodland Park high school students said.
"A lot of people were freaking out about it," said Will Maberry, a freshman.
A week ago, a threat to shoot up the school Wednesday had been found written on the wall of a girls' bathroom at the high school. Initially deeming the threat not credible, police this week decided it merited taking precautions. All five District RE-2 schools were closed and after-school activities were canceled Wednesday and Thursday.
No arrests have been announced and the investigation is continuing, Woodland Park police Cmdr. Jim Halloran said. He said he could not comment further since it is an open case.
The initial reward of $500 for information about the threat has since been raised to $2,100 after donations were received from businesses and individuals.
After the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which killed 17 students and staff, schools across the Pikes Peak region have received numerous credible and unsubstantiated threats.
Woodland Park students said they're nervous about the possibility of violence at school.
"I was scared all day," Maberry said. "People were talking about it all day."
District spokeswoman Stacy Schubloom said school attendance was down about 10 percent Friday.
Maberry said his English class only had about 10 students out of 30 in attendance.
"There were a bunch of cops here," he said. "Some people went home at lunch."
Parent Andrea Newsham, who has children at the Woodland Park middle school and high school, said she agreed with the district's decision to close schools for two days.
"I'm glad they took students' safety into consideration," she said. "Having the police presence helped a lot."
Woodland Park police stationed an officer in each of the schools Friday, Halloran said, which is not the norm. The district usually has three school resource officers patrolling school grounds.
Schubloom said everything went well Friday and parents received a letter detailing the steps the district is taking to ensure safety.
The threat against Woodland Park High School was the last straw for parents of ninth-grader Hunter Wilson.
Next Friday will be his last day at the high school. After that, it's home school.
"The threat isn't the exact reason, but it's part of it," Wilson said. "I don't want to be shot; I know it was only a threat, but this pushed it over the edge."
Anyone with information about the high school threat is asked to call Woodland Park police at 687-9262 or the anonymous Safe2Tell hotline at 877-542-7233.