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Student arrested following ‘escalating assaultive behavior’ at Vista Ridge High School

Posted at 5:37 AM, Dec 06, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Police arrested a student from School District 49 after a recent pattern of escalating assaultive behavior at Vista Ridge High School.

CSPD officers arrested one student for the charges of Interference with School Staff as well as Juvenile in Possession of a Firearm. Additionally, a family member of the student was also served and released for Failure to Securely Store a Firearm, a class 2 misdemeanor.

The principal and superintendent first told parents about this situation in a letter sent Friday.

On Sunday, the principal sent another letter saying that they were canceling all classes on Monday as the school investigates more reports.

The cancellation also comes as Vista Ridge High School and the Colorado Springs Police Department deal with a strain on staffing levels.

The letter said in part:

“Although we do not believe there is a verified threat to our campus, we will use the time Monday to ensure we thoroughly investigate reports that present any potential danger to our students and staff.”

On top of the cancellation, the district is also restricting cell phone use at school saying it can't be visible or in use at school.

Following the arrests, CSPD says that there are no more "credible threats," toward the school district.

The school said they will return to normal operations on Tuesday. They also announced they will host a parent forum at Vista Ridge High School on Thursday where they will share more specifics about the situation.

Parent reacts to Vista Ridge High School closures following ‘escalating assaultive behavior’