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Police arrest students for 'kill list' threat at Sabin Middle School

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Officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department's School Resource Unit arrested two 13-year-old boys after an investigation into reported threats involving District 11's Sabin Middle School last week.

Police stated that the teens had messaged each other about a "kill list" while discussing how to carry out their threats. After receiving the reports on Oct. 4, officers conducted off-campus searches that resulted in the seizure of firearms on Oct. 6.

The teens are charged with Inciting Destruction of Life or Property (Class Six Felony) and Conspiracy (Class Six Felony). Both were arrested over the weekend. A letter from Jared Welch, Principal of Sabin Middle School credits a tipster for a quick resolution.

CSPD said all persons involved in this alleged conspiracy are in custody and there is no longer a threat to the campus.

A release from Colorado Springs Police explained that the students were allegedly conspiring to harm Sabin Middle School staff and students while causing damage to property. The campus is on N. Carefree Circle near W. Carefree in central Colorado Springs.

During the news conference, authorities said the kids had "ability to control" the guns. No details have been released about the students on the list, although police said they did notify parents of students who were named on the list individually.

Parents and grandparents who came to pick up their their students told News 5 they were stunned to learn about the violence the two in mind.

"It's scary to think that anybody would be on a list, but its understandable these days," said parent Janitha Allen.

Grandparent Colleen Pellant couldn't understand what would drive the teens to take this kind of action.

"They're little kids 11 to 13 years old, how do they have that kind of hatred?"

Both women say their children have told them about experiencing bullying at school.

"Kids are coming up slapping the books out of their hands, tripping kids that kind of stuff," Pellant said.

"Just being called names just having a reputation for certain things are not true," Allen added.

The incident comes on the heels of a student being shot outside a Doherty High School a few weeks ago. Another of Allen's children, daughter Breeann, attends school at Doherty.

"I feel safe now, now that we have more security," Breeann said. "Its kind of upsetting that were not allowed to leave as much."

Despite the severity of the middle school plot, Pellant said she's relieved that the boys were caught before anyone got hurt.

"That's what I'm gonna tell my grand daughter when she gets in the car thank God somebody told."

If you have any information about this case, you are urged to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

The investigation involved units with the School Resource Unit, Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence, EOD, School District #11 Superintendent's Office, and School District #11 Security.


District 11 sent the following message to families on Monday.

Dear Sabin Families,

I wanted to make you aware of a recent serious situation that was investigated at Sabin last week. The Colorado Springs Police Department, working with the D11 Security Department, investigated a significant threat to the school by two students. The police arrested the two Sabin students over the weekend as part of this investigation, and determined that although this was a credible threat, with the arrests now made, there is no longer a threat to students and staff. Both students are being charged with felony offenses. We are thankful for the quick response from law enforcement, D11 security and the person who reported this threat. Rest assured, any and all individuals impacted by this plan have been directly notified by law enforcement. School District 11 is also taking appropriate steps regarding consequences, but due to privacy laws, we cannot give details.

Teachers did share this information with students today, and I encourage you to talk with your child about this situation. We have shared, and will continue to share that Safe 2 Tell is an anonymous way to report potential threats. Anyone may contact the school principal, or Safe 2 Tell by calling 1-877-542-7233 if they feel they need to report a potentially dangerous situation. I appreciate the processes and procedures we have in place for students and staff to report to school administration any type of situation they feel is serious. If you have information directly related to the investigation, you are encouraged to call the non-emergency police line at (719) 444-7000.

As always, our counseling staff is available for your student to speak with if they feel like they need to talk with someone. I am also available to speak with parents and guardians about your questions and concerns, but please understand that I am not able to share many details of this investigation. As we move through this school year, I encourage us all to look out for and care for one another as we maintain a safe and academic environment at Sabin. Respectfully, Jared Welch, Principal Sabin Middle School

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