Silver Creek High School cancels classes after receiving threatening messages

LONGMONT, Colo. — Silver Creek High School canceled classes Friday morning because of anonymous threatening messages that were received Thursday.

The Longmont Police Department said there was no evidence that sustained the threat. The St. Vrain Valley School District decided to send students home because of “the ongoing rumors and the disruption to the academic environment.”

Police increased patrols in the area because of the messages, which suggested a possible threat against the school on Friday.

An email was sent to parents and guardians early Friday from principal Erick Finnestead, saying a message was left with Safe2Tell. There were also multiple posts on social media. Law enforcement was immediately notified, Finnestead said.

As the rumors circulated, the school and district decided to close for the day.

Parents and guardians were allowed to pick up students beginning at 11 a.m. with identification. If students drove to school, they can leave with parental permission by calling 720-494-3721.

Four bus routes that normally operate were made available beginning at 11:20 a.m. Students must have parental permission to leave early on buses by calling 720-494-3721.

Finnestead said there will continue to be an increased police presence as a precaution. All students and staff are safe, he said.