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2 teens arrested at Denver high school while trying to enroll

One teen had a felony warrant, while the other tried to intervene and was also arrested, Denver Police said.

DENVER — Two juveniles were taken into custody at a Denver high school on Friday morning.

The Denver Police Department (DPD) said two teens who are siblings were trying to enroll at Thomas Jefferson High School located at 3950 S. Holly St. One of the teens was found to have a "significant felony" warrant out of a neighboring jurisdiction, DPD said.

The teen with the warrant tried to leave the school but was taken into custody by the school's resource officer, police said. Police didn't elaborate on what crime the teen was wanted for.

The teen's sibling tried intervening and was arrested also, DPD said. The school resource officer called for backup, and multiple other officers responded to the school.

A Denver Public Schools spokesperson said the teen with the warrant was a Thomas Jefferson student who had not attended classes this year. DPS said whenever a student has a warrant, the district is notified. The district then notifies the school "so actions can be taken when the student comes back into the building."

The school was put on lockdown for about 15 minutes, and there was no direct threat to students or staff, DPS said.

The arrests come as school resource officers have an increased presence in DPS this school year compared to the last several years. In 2020, the Denver Public School Board voted to ban school resource officers from campuses, citing concerns about the arrests of minority students. 

After two separate shootings at East High School last school year and pressure from parent groups, the school board voted to reverse the ban on SROs this past summer. 

"This is evidence that the SROs are there for a particular reason," said Steve Katsaros of the Parents Safety Advocacy Group, which voiced demands for the return of police on campus. 

Katsaros said 1,300 parents are now members of the group. 

"It's an outlier situation. But I think it's, in this case, it's very fortunate that the SRO was there to handle this and get the student back on a track that they need to be on," Katsaros said of the incident at Thomas Jefferson. 

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