MCHS students charged

Alleged school violence threats lead to arrests

Two Craig juveniles who allegedly developed a "hit list" and made threats of school violence against Moffat County High School were arrested Friday and have been charged in juvenile court, the Craig Police Department announced.

The names of the juveniles, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, are not public record.

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On Monday, police said the students have been charged with interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institution, and conspiracy, both misdemeanors.

Assisted by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig police arrested the juveniles Friday at a residence in the city and one in the county.

Police also served search warrants at the suspects' homes; the search warrants produced no weapons, Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

In late April, high school officials became aware of threatening comments allegedly made by the two students, alleged statements that triggered an investigation and the students' suspension.

Police officers reported that three witnesses said they saw a "hit list" that contained two names -- one of a high school student, the other of a teacher --made by the suspects in question.

The list has not been recovered.

Following their arrest, the juveniles were transported to the Grand Mesa Youth Service Center in Grand Junction.

The suspects have appeared in juvenile court for a detention hearing, Vanatta said, and a judge ordered them to be held until their next scheduled hearing.

Officials with the Youth Service Center said they could not comment on whether the juveniles remain in custody.

MCHS principal Jane Krogman said the students must complete a violence risk assessment, which requires a meeting with a psychologist or psychiatrist, who recommends educational placement and support measures, before entertaining the discussion about allowing the students back into school.

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