Persons of interest found in school threat

Posted at 4:59 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 18:59:56-04

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s office has two persons of interest in a school shooting threat at Liberty Point International Middle School in Pueblo West.

The school was placed on a modified lockdown status after a note was found by the first period 6th grade girl’s PE class. A note in the lock room made mention of a shooting threat at 10:30 a.m. at the school.

The sheriff’s office said the threat was deemed to be not credible but the suspects will face disciplinary action from the school. There is also a chance that criminal charges will be filed in connection to the incident. 

"We take any and all threats involving our schools seriously. The safety of our students and staff is a top priority," said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. "We commend the students who reported the threat and bringing this information forward as well as the District 70 officials who acted swiftly in placing the school on lockdown and notifying the Sheriff’s Office of the threat."

Deputies worked with District 70 officials to review video footage from the school to narrow down the two persons of interest. Their names will not be released because they are juveniles.

Once the note was found, the students immediately notified school officials who called the sheriff’s office. Investigators were on scene all day.

Parents were also alerted to the potential threat and told they were allowed to come pick up their students if they wanted to do so. Of the 461 students who attend the school, more than half were released to their parents before the end of the day.