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School, deputies: ‘Columbine massacre’ being taken seriously

School, deputies: ‘Columbine massacre’ being taken seriously’
JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
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An East Lincoln High School student has been arrested for allegedly making threats in class that alluded to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

Sheriff’s Office authorities said 17-year-old Demetri Hakeem Graham, of 2591 Crab Apple Terrace in Denver, made the disturbing threat after receiving a progress report in class Thursday.

Graham “wadded up the report” and audibly commented “that he should come back and pull a Columbine” according to the arrest warrant.

Authorities additionally noted that the statement was loud enough to be heard by both the teacher and other students.

As a result, the Graham was taken into custody and booked in the county jail under a $2,500 secured bond, but has since been released, deputies said.

Graham faces one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for “disrupt/disturb/interfere with students,” authorities said.

Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle declined to comment on what specific measures if any the high school took to further discipline Graham.

However, Hoyle did reveal that she and East Lincoln High School Principal Tim Woody discussed the incident Thursday and got the school resource officer involved.

She additionally noted that both she and school staff have not taken the incident lightly and have handled the situation in the most appropriate manner as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to ensure student safety.

“We view threats seriously,” she said.

Graham is scheduled to make a first court appearance for the charge on Wednesday.

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