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Walsenburg Schools to open Tuesday, suspect surrenders

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Walsenburg schools were closed Monday due to a threat to the school, but will be open as normal Tuesday.

The Huerfano Re-1 School District says the threat has been resolved, as the suspect turned themself in to the Sheriff's Office Monday. 

The district says the school is now safe to attend. 

Huerfano district superintendent Michael Moore said the incident began on Thursday, when a junior high aged student made threats to other students after being expelled.

Moore said on Thursday the student reportedly threatened a shooting at Peakview Elementary School. After the threat, the school was put on a lockout status.

The district did not have classes on Friday. 

The Huerfano County Sheriff's Office said they were searching for the student. Moore said since the student had not been found as of Sunday, so the district made the decision to cancel classes at both Peakview and John Mall High School on Monday. 

Parent Myra Trujillo said, "It's actually pretty scary given the recent incidents that happen all over the country. Even though we're a small community...it hits home because more than likely we know who the student is."

John Mall High School student Joseph Reichmann remembers being "in class and then I just heard on the announcements that there was a lock out."

""No one could leave the school building so any kids that had to go to the west wing for their class were then to stay in the art room," said fellow student Santiago Ruiz. He and Reichmann say a threat like this is nothing new. 

"We hear a lot of school shootings around...somewhere over there, somewhere over there," said Reichmann. 

For Trujillo, the threat is anything but normal. 

"We can't take any threat and just not run with it so we have to investigate, and the district made the right decision in closing the schools today." 

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