DA will not press charges in Craig Middle School knife case | CraigDailyPress.com

DA will not press charges in Craig Middle School knife case

— The student taken into custody from Craig Middle School on Dec. 5 for possessing knives will not be charged for bringing weapons onto school property.

According to a press release from the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office:

“Although it initially appeared as though the weapons were illegal, further investigation determined that all of the knives possessed had blades of less than three-and-a-half inches, and that there was no evidence that the student had used or was planning on using the knives to commit an act of violence at that time.”

Yet, some parents are still concerned about how the school is handling the situation and in particular, how they are handling the student who brought knives to school.

The student allegedly expressed a desire to kill his teachers, and brought seven knives onto CMS property, according to the DA’s office and Craig Police Station.

Jan Olsen, a parent of an eighth-grade student at the middle school was most concerned that the student might be allowed to return to CMS right after the knife incident occurred.

“I told the principal I would homeschool my son next year,” Olsen said.

But Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice said the student won’t be allowed to return to school until the investigation is over, as the school policy states. He has been suspended since the incident happened.

Brett Barkey, district attorney for the 14 Judicial District, said his office “never ignores a statement like this.”

“It’s something that we took seriously, the Craig Police Department took serious, and the school district took seriously,” Barkey said. “It was taken to be a statement that was highly emotional, and it didn’t articulate a target of violence.”

Curtice said the school is still conducting its own separate investigation and hopes to finish it by the end of next week.

He also said the school district has met with teachers and CMS principal David Grabowski has met with parents.

“They are diligently going through their part of the investigation to make sure nothing is missed,” Curtice said. “School safety is our top priority. Safety for the kids and for the staff . We take this stuff serious.”

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

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