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Juvenile suspect charged in connection to threats made to Manitou Springs School District

Manitou Springs Police Department
Posted at 12:10 PM, Jan 07, 2022

MANITOU SPRINGS, CO — The Manitou Springs Police Department arrested a juvenile on Jan. 6 in connection to threats made to the Manitou Springs School District in Dec. of 2021.

In December of 2021, the Manitou Springs Police Department began investigating a threat made against schools in the School District.

Officer Mandy Strider, the Manitou Springs School Resource Officer, says she believes kids these days are more open to providing information that helps lead to arrests because they hear about school-shootings so frequently.

"Students are really understanding the gravity of these things and they don't want anything bad to happen obviously."

One mother in Manitou Springs, Michelle Beckmann, says an arrest had to be made for the "serious crime", but she finds the news bittersweet.

"I don't know who this child is, but it is a child and it's somebody who is struggling."

The investigation continued as another threat was made in the first week of January.

Officers with the investigation identified the suspect, who was arrested and charged with two felony counts of Inciting Destruction of Life or Property, two felony counts of False Report of Explosives, Weapons, or Harmful Substances and two misdemeanor counts of Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of Educational Institution.

The name of the juvenile involved will not be released.

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