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Basalt High School student in custody after knife incident

Staff report

A boy in 11th grade at Basalt High School was taken into custody Wednesday after he allegedly brandished a knife in a confrontation with three other male students, according to authorities.

The incident occurred in the boys' locker room, according to Principal David Schmid, who said he was unsure what triggered the incident. No one was injured, according to school and police officials.

"I never felt there was an intent to hurt anybody," Schmid said.

However, the boys understandably felt threatened, he added. The other boys are in ninth and 10th grades.

School administrators alerted the school resource officer from the Basalt Police Department as soon as they learned of the incident, Schmid said. The Police Department released a statement that said it was alerted at 12:30 p.m. about the alleged menacing.

"The juvenile male suspect was immediately contacted and later taken into custody for menacing, which is a Class 5 felony if committed by an adult," the statement said.

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Police Chief Greg Knott said he couldn't discuss the incident because it involves a juvenile. The suspect's name and age weren't released.

The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office will handle prosecution of the suspect.

Schmid said a hearing would be held to determine the student's fate at the high school. Another school official said the student is being held in a juvenile facility and not attending school. A hearing officer will make a recommendation to the school board on whether to expel the student.

Schmid said he thinks students feel safe at Basalt High School. Teachers and administration try to ensure that everyone feels safe, he said.

This incident was an "outlier" that isn't indicative of the atmosphere at the school, according to Schmid.

"This is my third year here, and I've never dealt with a weapon before," he said.