Threat against Cherry Creek High School causes students to be sent home 40 minutes early

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - A threat against Cherry Creek High School caused administrators to release students about 40 minutes early on Wednesday afternoon, an official said.

Details on the nature of the threat were not immediately available, but Greenwood Village police responded to the school at 9300 E. Union Ave., said Tustin Amole, spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District.

Amole said the early release was taken as a precaution, because officials don't know if the threat is credible.

Students were released at 2:10 p.m., when the normal end of school time is 2:51 p.m., Amole said. About 3,700 students attend the high school.

Children who take the bus home will proceed normally as will children who walk or get a ride home, Amole said. Children who need to wait for parents will be positioned at Campus Middle School, which is right next to Cherry Creek High School.