At about 12:45 p.m. police said the item is not an explosive device. Hazmat crews were examining the item, investigators said.
Fox Ridge Middle School and Cherokee Trail High School were placed on "secured Perimeter," the Cherry Creek School District confirmed. This means all staff and students are brought inside and doors are locked, but classes continue as normal inside. Access is controlled by staff or law enforcement.
After police determined the suspicious item was not a bomb, the district sent a message to parents that Cherokee Trial High School and Fox ridge Middle School had been cleared to return to normal operations. Both schools were following the normal afternoon dismissal schedule.