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Denver high school lockout lifted after police locate juvenile associated with Safe2Tell report

South High School in the Denver Public School District was on lockout Friday as police searched for a student accused of making a threat against the school.

DENVER — The lockout at South High School in Denver has been lifted after Denver Police located a juvenile they were trying to contact as part of their investigation into a Safe2Tell report, according to Denver Public Schools.

"Maybe it was just a joke, but I think a lot of people took it seriously," Findlay Burnett, junior, said.

A student at the school, who is a minor, was accused of making a specific threat against the school before running away from home and disappearing raising concerns. 

Denver Police Chief of Investigations Joe Montoya says officers found the boy Friday afternoon.

"He was subsequently arrested on an unrelated probation violation," Montoya said. "He was not armed. We had no information, no credible information throughout this investigation that he had access to any firearms."

Denver Police and DPS Safety provided an increased presence at South High School throughout the school day on Friday. Excused absences were granted for those who didn't feel safe coming to class.

"So many parents are (cautious) about letting their kids come in for school today and the previous days," Burnett said. "There's not really anyone in classes. I think most of my classes today had on average like four kids."

Students who did attend school will remain inside the building until the end of the school day. Parents or guardians do not have the option to sign out their student midday, in an effort to increase safety throughout the day, according to a letter sent home to parents. Students will also not be able to leave the campus for lunch.

"I am not concerned because the school is taking a lot of precautions and actually feels like really secure," Eli Sobiech, junior, said.

AP exams scheduled for Friday were canceled and will be rescheduled. Mental health counselors are also available for students who may be experiencing anxiety. 

Denver Public Schools Chief of Security Mike Eaton says he is happy to let South High School return to normal operations.

"We will continue to work through our threat appraisal protocols as well as mental health supports to ensure this family and this student gets the support they need, but also ensuring that we continue to provide a safe community at South."

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