The Roaring Fork School District has lifted the lock out placed on area schools early this morning.
The FBI and Carbondale Police Department reported an ostensible threat to the district, which was posted in an online chat forum. Authorities said the IP address came from the Carbondale area. As a precaution, the Roaring Fork and Aspen school districts canceled classes for local high schools and restricted anyone from exiting or entering the middle and elementary schools. However, parents were allowed to pick up their kids.
Carbondale’s police chief, Gene Shilling, told Aspen Public Radio this afternoon the FBI now believes the threat was spam. The FBI stated that “there’s no credible threat at this time.”
EARLIER UPDATE: Public and private schools in the Roaring Fork Valley are on lock out after an 18-year-old Carbondale senior made threats of violence against his or her school in an online forum.
While the threat was anonymous, the IP address was traced to the Carbondale area, according to Carbondale police. Authorities have no more information about the student or his intentions but local law enforcement is actively investigating this threat.
The Roaring Fork schools closed all high schools and have placed all elementary and middle schools in lock out. A lock out means that all doors are locked, staff are on high alert, and additional law enforcement are on site.