Witnesses describe 'hit list'

Police: But no weapons or means to carry out violent acts

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Three witnesses told police they saw a "hit list" made by two Moffat County High School students who allegedly made threats of school violence last week, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

It was reported to police that two names were on the list -- one of a high school student and the other of a teacher. The list has not been recovered, police said.

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High school officials became aware Thursday afternoon of threatening comments allegedly made by two MCHS students, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, which triggered an investigation and the students' suspension.

Because there was no immediate threat, MCHS principal Jane Krogman said, the school did not go into lock-down.

While the list reveals the students had potential targets, police said it appears they possessed no weapons, nor had access to any, to carry out violent acts.

Rumors of finding guns at the high school or the students' homes are unfounded, police said.

"We haven't found any weapons that they had access to," Vanatta said. "That doesn't mean they couldn't get something. ... There were no overt acts to carry out a plan."

The police department reported the investigation into the students is almost finished.

The department is preparing case information regarding the two students and their alleged threats to submit to the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review of criminal charges.

The information should be turned over this week, Vanatta said.

MCHS principal Jane Krogman said it is "business as usual" at the high school this week.

The high school's violence risk assessment team -- composed of school administrators, law enforcement officers and counselors -- met in response to the alleged threats and recommended a course of action for the students involved in the incident.

The students must complete a violence risk assessment, a lengthy process that requires a meeting with a psychologist or psychiatrist, who then assesses the student and gives recommendations on educational placement and any needed support measures.

The assessment has to be done "before we can even begin discussing a plan for (the students) to come back to the school," Krogman said.

Results of a completed assessment -- returning to school after meeting certain criteria or expulsion -- have gone either way in the past, the principal said.

"It's not a common practice, but it's not an uncommon practice, either," Krogman said, of requiring the violence assessment.

She said the assessment is required five to seven times per year, on average, in response to incidents ranging from a violent fight to a student bringing a weapon to school.

Krogman did not know whether the two students have undergone the assessment.

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