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Police Make Arrest After School Threat

By: Cara Kumari
By: Cara Kumari

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School Threats

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Strong words at a church youth group meeting land a teenager in a juvenile detention center.

Police say a 16-year-old boy told someone he planned acts of violence using a gun.

“We took a report from some individuals about some criminal threats,” says Derby Police Lt. Jimmy Queen. “Earlier in the evening, a juvenile male, 16-years-old had made some threats towards certain individuals and towards the Derby High School and the Derby Middle School.”

Police interviewed several witnesses and then took the boy into custody late Wednesday night. USD 260 has been notified and has launched its own investigation.

“In the day and age we live in and we just had a recent school shooting, you can never look at these things as, ‘Well, some kid just popped off or some kid was just blowing off steam,’” says Michael Pomarico, USD 260 Superintendent. “You have to take it seriously and we are.”

Many Derby High School students hadn’t heard about the threats, but they don’t think anyone would actually carry out that type of crime in their school.

“Even though you hear about it, it doesn’t really effect me, because I don’t think it would happen at Derby,” says Derby student Hannah Lewis.

“I don’t think it’d happen here, it’s just too good of a school,” says student Mike Mortimer.

Police plan on meeting with the district attorney’s office to talk about possibly filing felony criminal threat charges.

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