2 more Weld Central High students arrested

Latest arrests bring total to 5

KEENESBURG, Colo. - Two additional Weld Central High School students were arrested Friday after the sheriff's office learned of suspects threatening to continue a school violence plan discovered earlier in the week.

The juveniles were taken into custody and booked into the Platte Valley Youth Detention facility for charges of Interference with staff, faculty, or students of an educational institution.

The two students that were most recently arrested were not part of the initial plan that was discovered earlier in the week, although all the juvenile suspects are associated as being members of a group they identify as a gang, the sheriff's office said.

"The two suspects arrested over night are believed to have been trying to pick up where their three friends had left off when they were arrested earlier in the week," said Steve Reams, with the sheriff's office.

Students told 7NEWS a group of freshman were threatening to 'shoot up the school.' The sheriff's office will not identify the students because they are minors.

"That night I got a phone call ... saying there’s a threat at the school. So my parents didn’t let me go because they felt I’d be in a dangerous situation," said Junior Spencer Gallegos. "The kids that did go, I talked to them and they said there was only like two to maybe five kids in every class."

Additional resources from the sheriff's office have been focused toward the investigation of the incident and will continue to provide heightened security measures as deemed necessary through the end of Weld Central's school year, he said.

Throughout the course of this investigation, no immediate acts of violence towards the school, students, or faculty members have been identified. Specific details of the investigation cannot be revealed at this time.

 

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