Montezuma County schools step up security after possible threats

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Montezuma County schools step up security after possible threats

Officers heighten presence; some kids go home; ‘person of interest’ ID’d
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe checked out about 20 students from Montezuma-Cortez High School on Friday morning after a rumor circulated around the school. Montezuma County law enforcement determined the rumor to be a hoax, but many parents joined the tribe in “not taking any chances.”
Cortez increased police presence after a rumor circulated at Montezuma-Cortez High School on Friday morning that a student was planning a shooting. While classes continued as scheduled, some parents checked their students out of school early.
Mancos School District.
School alert timeline

Thursday night – Montezuma County law enforcement receives a rumored threat against Montezuma-Cortez High School through Safe2Tell.
9 a.m. Friday – Mancos High School receives an anonymous phone call with an unsubstantiated threat.
9:04 a.m. – Scanner traffic shows law enforcement officers going to Mancos, Dolores and Cortez schools to provide security. Schools go into lockout.
9:54 a.m. – A Nixle alert goes out to some Montezuma County residents saying the Cortez and Dolores lockouts were due to an “unsubstantiated rumor, not an active threat.”
10 a.m. – The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office posts on Facebook that parents will see a “heightened police presence” today due to the rumor.
10:04 – The-Journal.com reports the Mancos lockout, using sources including school and law enforcement officials and stating that the lockouts were based on a rumor and hoax.
10:32 a.m. – The Ute Mountain Ute tribal education department announces it will send vans to pick up students from Montezuma-Cortez High School if they want to leave.
11:07 a.m. – A Nixle alert goes out to more residents saying that Dolores and Cortez schools are in lockout mode. “Everyone is safe and classes are going on as usual,” the alert says.
11:07 a.m. – A Nixle alert says the Mancos lockout was caused by an “anonymous phone call threat” and that all students and staff are safe.
11:20 a.m. – Mancos School District announces class will be dismissed at 12:55 p.m. The Dolores and Montezuma-Cortez school districts post the alerts from Nixle and the Sheriff’s Office on their website home pages.
1:15 p.m. – Montezuma-Cortez Superintendent Lori Haukeness posts a statement to the district’s Facebook page stating that everyone was safe.
2:17 p.m. – Montezuma-Cortez High School’s assistant to the principal, Debra Ramsey, shares the superintendent’s statement via a parent email list.
4:22 p.m. – The Mancos Marshal’s Office sends out an alert saying that a “person of interest” related to the incident has been identified, and that there was no active threat to the schools.

Montezuma County schools step up security after possible threats

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe checked out about 20 students from Montezuma-Cortez High School on Friday morning after a rumor circulated around the school. Montezuma County law enforcement determined the rumor to be a hoax, but many parents joined the tribe in “not taking any chances.”
Cortez increased police presence after a rumor circulated at Montezuma-Cortez High School on Friday morning that a student was planning a shooting. While classes continued as scheduled, some parents checked their students out of school early.
Mancos School District.