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AHS students shocked and bewildered

Tim Mutrie

Several Aspen High School students polled Tuesday expressed dismay and disbelief about the news that seven teen-agers with ties to AHS have been implicated in two recent crimes.

“It was definitely a shock,” said one AHS senior. “Nobody expected it to be anybody from the high school.”

All students interviewed asked to remain anonymous.

Another senior said: “My friends are going to jail for the next 20 years … Some of them didn’t even need the money to do that stuff, their parents had enough money; some of the kids needed it though.”

He and others also criticized the local media. “The newspapers are exploiting everybody,” he said.

Nevertheless, most students interviewed recognized the magnitude of the story and discussed the fact that it had been picked up by national news outlets.

Authorities allege that former AHS students Moses Greengrass, 19; Stefan Schutter, a juvenile; and Yuri Ognacevic, 18; were involved in the Aug. 5 robbery of Clark’s Market along with AHS senior Code Wille, 17, who was arrested at the school Monday during gym class.

Jacob Richards, 18, is alleged to have participated indirectly in the robbery.

Richards and Greengrass, as well as Nathan Morse, 19, and Anthony Rizzuto, 19, are also accused of burglarizing a Twining Flats Road residence on Sept. 20. Greengrass and Rizzuto were the only suspects not in custody as of Tuesday night.

Prosecutors filed adult charges against Wille in court Monday.

“They took it to the extreme,” said another AHS senior. “They did it for the sport of it, because no one had ever done anything like that before and they thought they could get away with it.”

Another senior had a different take on things.

“I think the society drove `em to do it; they are the real victims here,” he said. “They were lashing out at a money-based society that was so cold to them.”

When asked if he was being facetious with his comments, he replied, “Not completely, there’s something to it. In a town of rich people, where the distribution of wealth is so great, they weren’t part of it and they didn’t like it.”

Several students said the teen-agers allegedly involved in the crimes were not in any kind of gang or clique.

“They were individuals,” said one senior.

“They didn’t care what other people thought of them,” echoed another.

Kendall Evans, AHS principal, said school officials are reserving judgments and comments on the matter until the allegations and facts surrounding the case become clearer.

“We have talked with the police department,” he said. “Once the dust has settled and we understand what has happened and what is going to happen, we’ve talked about having the police department talk to the kids about this incident and the consequences of these types of actions.”


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