Manitou Springs police on Friday arrested a juvenile suspect in connection with recent threats made against the city’s school district, according to a news release.
The suspect, whose name was not released, could face several felony and misdemeanor charges including inciting destruction of life or property and falsely reporting explosives, police said. Officials did not say whether the suspect was a current student with the district.
An initial threat was made against the district after school on Dec. 14, according to superintendent Elizabeth Domangue. When Domangue learned of the threat, she decided to close Manitou Springs middle and high school campuses the following day.
“While the threat was unsubstantiated (no leads) at the time, we needed additional time to further understand the dynamics of the threat,” Domangue said in a message to the district.
At the same time, a severe windstorm tore through the Pikes Peak area, downing power lines and affecting telephones and internet access throughout the district. The storm slowed the investigative efforts, according to Domangue.
The investigation continued further after a similar threat was made during the first week of January, police said. The identification of the suspect, and subsequent arrest, was the result of collaborative effort between the police department, other law enforcement agencies and the district’s security team, Domangue said.
The district plans to provide “an opportunity to engage in a community dialogue about safety, security and wellness” in the coming weeks, the superintendent said.
Students who see or hear about a threat or safety issue are advised to share the information with a trusted adult or law enforcement agency. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact Safe2Tell at (877) 542-7233 or safe2tell.org.