Source: ‘Threat’ at East High could be related to teen’s murder
DENVER — Denver’s East High School was let out early Friday afternoon after police and school officials received a “creditable threat” against the school, police said.
Police spokesperson John White said East High received threats earlier in the day, and police were looking into them. The threat was made generally and not at any specific person.
Parents told FOX31 Denver that they believed police were investigating a gang-related threat, though police were unwilling to confirm that information.
Parents at East report lockdown due to a large gang fight that was to happen today between the bloods and crips.—
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White could confirm, however, that the threats were credible enough that it was prudent to place the school on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
Sources have told FOX31 Denver that that investigators believe the threat may be related to the killing of a 13-year-old Reysean Abram last week.
Reysean’s funeral was scheduled for Friday afternoon around the same time school at East High would be letting out.
The source said a gang sympathetic to Reysean was targeting a rival gang that has a presence at East High.
Police had a “grave concern” about possible violence, the source said, adding that the same information was provided to Manual High School, which made the decision to dismiss class early Friday as well.
In a message to parents however, school officials at Manual cited hot weather as the reason for the early dismissal and not any threat.
A spokesperson for Denver Public Schools said East released its students and staff at 12:15 p.m., and cancelled all afternoon activities. About 2,000 students attend East High.
Manual High was supposed to have its Homecoming dance Saturday night, but it has been postponed.
This story will be updated as more information arrives.