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Denver South High School student in custody following threat that led to lockout

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Posted at 12:50 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 14:50:29-04

DENVER — A juvenile student is in police custody following a threat that caused Denver South High School to go into lockout for several days.

School officials first said the school was going into lockout on Wednesday due to a threat reported through the Safe2Tell program. At the time, officials said the threat was not believed to be credible and no students or staff were in danger.

Lockout means the school’s external doors are locked and movement into and out of the school is restricted but classes continue as usual.

In a letter to families on Thursday, Principal Bobby Thomas said the school would remain in lockout while police searched for a juvenile who allegedly made the threat and then ran away from home. Thomas said police sent out a statewide alert to other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to apprehend the student on an outstanding warrant.

Schools in the Denver area have been on high alert following Tuesday’s shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left one student dead and eight injured.

On Friday, police said they had the juvenile in custody and Denver Public Schools said the lockout at South High School was lifted.

Authorities have not publicly identified the student or disclosed any details about the nature of the threat.