A Trinidad High School student was suspended at approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4 after allegedly making a verbal threat against the school.

The student, who had no weapon, was suspended and the Trinidad Police Department was notified of the situation and increased the police presence at all four of Trinidad’s public schools on both Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, December 5.

The suspended student will face a pre-expulsion hearing after the district conducts a threat assessment protocol. School Resource Officer Jason Villotti was conducting home interviews with students on Wednesday, as many students did not attend classes that day. A student can only be expelled by a vote of the local Board of Education.

A message from Superintendent Bonnie Aaron went out to parents Tuesday evening. “This morning it was reported that a Trinidad High School student made a threat which has not been determined credible,” said the message. “However, an abundance of caution is being taken. Additional officers will be at the school Wednesday, December 5 to ensure student safety. Your child will be excused if you choose to keep him or her home Wednesday, December 5. Thanks for your patience and understanding during this police investigation.”

Said Trinidad Police, “Trinidad Police Department was made aware of an issue at Trinidad High School in which a student made threats against the school. The student, did not have any weapon. This incident remains open and under investigation by Trinidad Police Department.”

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