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Police investigate school shooting post made by Steamboat student on social media

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs High School student was removed from school Friday afternoon after making a social media post referencing a school shooting.

According to an email sent to parents from Steamboat Springs High School Principal Kevin Taulman, the post was brought to administrators' attention by students.

"We involved the police department right away and quickly identified the individual behind the post," Taulman wrote.

The district is working with police to conduct a thorough threat assessment, according to the email.

"While the post was not a direct threat, and we don't believe any students were in danger, we are taking it very seriously," Taulman wrote. "Beyond school disciplinary action, students who make threats may face prosecution by law enforcement even when threats made are intended as pranks or hoaxes."

Taulman praised the students who spoke up about the social media post, and he encouraged students to utilize the Safe2Tell reporting program.

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Safe2Tell is an initiative, which was created after the Columbine High School shooting, to provide an anonymous venue for parents, students, teachers, school administrators and law enforcement to share information about possible threats. Information can be reported by calling or texting 1-877-542-7233.

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman.