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Mancos District Employee Allegedly Fabricated Phone Threat That Closed Schools

Tom Yoder

A temporary employee of the Mancos School District is facing charges after allegedly reporting a false threat to the school on Friday. According to a report by the Mancos Marshal’s office, the temporary administrative assistant claimed to have received an anonymous threatening call Friday morning. Schools were closed a few hours later. But on Monday, the employee reportedly admitted fabricating the call. The suspect claimed she was anxious that she hadn’t been trained on how to respond to threats or an active shooter. She allegedly made a fake call from her own cell phone to encourage students and staff to leave the school before there was an actual threat. She was charged with interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions and false reporting. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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