BOULDER, Colo. — A 14-year-old boy who allegedly threatened to open fire at a middle school was arrested Wednesday, police said.
Police learned Tuesday morning that the student had made threats of a shooting during scheduled end of year school celebrations at Casey Middle School Thursday and other possible threats of violence, the Boulder Police Department said in a statement.
Officers worked with the FBI and prosecutors investigating tips and provided extra police presence around the school, the statement said.
Detectives searched the boy’s home Wednesday and he was arrested on suspicion of inciting destruction of life or property and interference of staff or students of educational institutions, police said.
“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,” Boulder police’s Deputy Chief of Operations Stephen Redfearn said in Wednesday’s statement.
There was no indication that the alleged Boulder threats were influenced by Tuesday’s school shooting in Texas, police spokesperson Dionne Waugh said Thursday.
The school remained open on Wednesday and planned to hold its year-end celebrations with some extra security precautions, the Daily Camera reported.
Meanwhile, two people were arrested Thursday after a report of a student with a gun at a Denver’s Northfield High School, police said.
Police did not provide many details but said a paintball gun was recovered and that all students were safe.
A student saw something suspicious and reported it school security, who notified police, Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said.