BOULDER - At least five students from several Colorado schools have been expelled after posting in a Facebook group that discussed wanting to execute black and Jewish people, according to a Boulder Police report.
There were about 15 people in the group. According to the police report, group members appear to be from Boulder Prep High School, Boulder High School, Monarch High School and Colorado Mountain College.
One member, a student at Boulder Prep High School, took his own life on Sept. 21 to show his allegiance to the Nazi party, the police report says.
This student was the leader of the Facebook group and asked group members to refer to him as the "Fuhrer."
The group chat was called the "4th Reich's Official Group Chat."
Members were asked to "recruit new members to our cause as possible" so they can "complete their mission," the police report states.
Group members were given ranks based on how many people they could recruit to the group so they could start "building our army for war."
There were no specific plans or detailed "methods" in any of the posts.
Members of the group used offensive language and derogatory comments towards members of the Jewish and black communities.
Some things posted in the group including an emoticon showing a gun that appears to support killing members of the Jewish and black communities, Jewish people being the "cancer" of society, anti-government topics and the need for "more vehicles and weapons."
One member says the group is part of the "final solution."
Boulder Police interviewed a group member and his mother.
According to the police report, the student told police the whole thing was "funny" and he would not actually ever do any of the things the group discussed. Police say he did not seem to grasp the seriousness of the situation.
Boulder Police found no evidence or documents to support a credible threat to any students or schools.
There will be extra law enforcement at schools as a precaution.
The Boulder Valley School District released this statement about the incident:
"Boulder Police Department initiated an investigation of comments on a social media site that involved some BVSD high school students. Boulder Police did not initiate any criminal charges at the conclusion of the investigation.
Boulder Valley School District administered appropriate responsive action with the students involved. Any information involving interaction with these students regarding this matter is confidential under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
BVSD has a long history of teaching and modeling social justice, school safety, and equity for all students. Our district remains committed to this important work."
9NEWS also got a response from Colorado Mountain College. It said:
“The college is examining potential connections to the incident to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students. As with any similar event, if a concerning relationship is found, the college will handle it in accordance with the law and the college’s policies.”
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