Craig Middle School parents put faith in school system, law enforcement |

Craig Middle School parents put faith in school system, law enforcement

A Craig Middle School student who was taken into custody for bringing knives to school on Friday will appear in Moffat County Court for a hearing Monday.
Lauren Blair

After Craig Middle School students, staff and parents dealt with knife incidents and gun threats, a Saturday morning filled with sportsmanship was what the school needed.

A Craig Middle School student was taken into custody Friday for carrying “several knives” on campus property, according to law officials. He is scheduled for a hearing at Moffat County Court on Monday.

Craig Police Department responded to the incident and arrested a male student, Commander Jerry DeLong confirmed Friday evening.

“A middle school student showed up at school today with several knives and was taken into custody,” DeLong said, noting that he didn’t know exactly how many knives the student had in his possession.

A few weeks before the knife incident, Craig Middle School required police assistance with a gun threat. The district attorney will handle the gun violence case.

Besides the tense atmosphere at Saturday morning’s championship basketball game against the Steamboat Springs Sailors, most Craig Middle School parents felt at ease about how the school handled violence threats.

“Everybody carried a pocket knife when I went to school, but rules are rules,” said Dan Severson, a parent of a Craig Middle School student. “I feel the school system and law enforcement will take care of it. That’s their job, and I feel like they do a good job.”

Colorado Revised Statutes includes in its definition of “dangerous weapon” a “fixed-blade knife with a blade that exceeds three inches in length,” and a “spring-loaded knife or a pocket knife with a blade exceeding three and one-half inches in length.”

The statutes require certain disciplinary measurements be taken for infractions involving a “dangerous weapon” as opposed to incidents involving pocket knives with blades less than 3 1/2 inches. The Craig Daily Press has not yet been able to acquire specific information regarding the length of the knives carried by the student Friday.

Parents were notified that police responded to a Craig Middle School incident via voice message and through the school’s mobile app Friday, causing uneasiness among some parents.

“Today, CMS experienced a situation that required the assistance of law enforcement,” the mobile app message said.

Another parent at Craig Middle School, Marie Etzler, said she was concerned after getting the messages.

“When they said the cops were involved, I was worried,“ Etzler said. “In the two phone messages I got, they said due to privacy they wouldn’t say specifics.”

Another Craig Middle School parent echoed the thoughts of many community members.

“It’s scary stuff,” Calvin Murphy said.

Christy Gonzales, the parent of an eighth-grade student, said she’s confident in how the school has handled the situation.

“I think the school handled it perfectly,” Gonzales said. “This is a small town; everybody doesn’t need to get in each other’s business, we just need to know our kids are taken care of.”

Reporter Lauren Blair contributed to this report.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday

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