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Lockdown at Aspen schools

ASPEN – Aspen school campuses were locked down for 90 minutes today in response to a perceived threat made to a 911 dispatch operator in Garfield County Wednesday night.

From 9:30-11 a.m., students and staff at Aspen’s elementary, middle and high schools, as well as Aspen Community School and Aspen Country Day School, were kept inside the school buildings as a precautionary measure.

Deputies and officers from the Aspen Police Department and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office stood by during the lock-down. Further analysis of the phone call in question, conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, determined that the call was not a threat, or lacked the substance to be taken seriously, said Ron Ryan, an investigator with the sheriff’s office.

The CBI informed local law enforcement officials at approximately 10:15 a.m. today that the call did not appear to pose a real threat.

“There were some words said that were not the words we originally thought they were,” Ryan said.

School officials, Ryan said, made the decision to lock down the campuses.

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Aspen School District Superintended John Maloy also e-mailed students’ parents to keep them apprised of the situation.

“Although there was not a direct threat made toward one of the Aspen schools, the District, in partnership with Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department and the Aspen Police Department, took precautions … doors were secured, hallways were monitored, and the campus entrances and exits were patrolled during the lock down.”

Ryan said parents should rest assured their children are safe.

“I have four kids [at the Aspen School District campuses] and I wasn’t worried,” he said.

rcarroll@aspentimes.com

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