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Student, 14, makes shooting threat at Boulder Valley middle school, police say

A teenager has been arrested for investigation of alleged threats of violence made against schools in Boulder this week.

On Tuesday officers received information that a 14-year-old male student “made threats of a school shooting at Casey Middle School during continuation celebrations” this Thursday as well as other possible violent threats, Boulder police said in a news release.

A criminal investigation coordinated with the Boulder Valley School District ensued, and police increased staffing at the school, the release said.

On Wednesday afternoon, detectives, with assistance of the sheriff’s office, executed a search warrant at the suspect’s Superior home, and he was arrested on investigation of inciting destruction of life or property, a felony, and on interference of staff or students of educational institutions, a misdemeanor.

The teen is in custody, and an investigation is ongoing, police said Wednesday evening.

“This type of situation is every parent’s worst nightmare, and we know our community felt this even more profoundly considering what happened in Texas yesterday,” said Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen Redfearn, in the release, alluding to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school. “We take every threat seriously and our officers and detectives worked overnight with the FBI Denver Field Office and the District Attorney’s Office following up on these tips to make this arrest.”

Anyone with any information on the ongoing investigation is asked to call Detective Burke at 303-441-4483, or call Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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