Feb 25, 2010 3:37 PM by David Ortiviz

UPDATE: Pueblo charter schools on partial lock down

Cesar Chavez Academy and Dolores Huerta Preparatory High will remain on partial lock down Thursday and Friday, according to a top school official. Last Friday the school received a threat of violence and contacted the Pueblo Police Department.

"The threat was serious enough the police department said to heighten security, but not serious enough to close the school," said Donielle Gonzales, Board President of the Cesar Chavez Network. Gonzales did not want to comment on the details of the threat. However, according to several parents there was a fight at the school last Thursday that lead to some threat of violence.

Gonzales says the charter schools are on code 98, which means a partial lockdown. Doors are being locked to restrict access to the building and modular classrooms, recess has been cancelled, and students who leave a classroom are being escorted by an adult. "We're erring on the side of student safety," said Gonzales.

As a result of the partial lock down, some parents choose to keep their children home from school today.

Gonzales says phone calls were recently made to parents explaining the situation. She says letters were sent to them as well.

I was outside the schools during the lunch hour, when I heard an administrator make an announcement over the PA system. The woman asked student to stop texting their parents about a potential threat at the school. She explained the lock down mode and said classes would resume as normal as possible.


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