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Increased police presence at Cheyenne Mountain High School Friday after social media posts stoke fears

Posted at 12:46 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 09:32:36-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 says it has requested increased police presence at Cheyenne Mountain High School Friday in an effort to ease tensions following a fight in the lunchroom earlier this week and a series of social media posts that followed.

According to a letter sent to parents by Superintendent Walt Cooper, one of the students involved in the fight verbally threatened to shoot another student. That same student was connected with two social media posts, one of which included a photo of a gun. Cooper’s letter says the student was suspended and police were notified.

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Below is the full text of the letter:

Dear Parents:

I am writing  tonight in response to a recent flurry of social media posts this evening and to clarify a disciplinary situation at Cheyenne Mountain High School. A student was reported to the high school administration to have made direct verbal threats of shooting a peer after an altercation at a lunchroom table yesterday. Following interviews with students and learning that, in addition to the altercation, the student was connected with two social media posts (one a photo of a firearm), the incident was reported to the Colorado Springs Police Department and the student was subsequently suspended from school pending further investigation and evaluation. If the CSPD determines this matter warrants further action, our School Resource Officer Bill Walsh will keep us apprised. We will continue to maintain our controlled accesses and secured perimeters in addition to our security personnel on all of campuses moving forward as is our normal daily protocol; however, we have requested an increased CSPD presence on the high school campus on Friday in an effort to hopefully help ease tensions among those students who are now feeling overly anxious or uneasy.

You are welcome to contact me if you have questions.

Walt Cooper
Superintendent of Schools