Tuesday, December 15, 2015

School Deputies Investigate Gun Incident

Student Threatens Classmates With Gun On Facebook

Updated Release on December 17, 2015 -- The affidavit for Shauntelle Willson, 13, of Palisade, is linked here. She was formally arraigned on the charges she was arrested on, yesterday afternoon. In compliance with 19-1-304(b.5)(A) her name is being released at this time. In addition, school resource deputies are asking anyone who viewed her Facebook post(s) regarding the gun and who has not already spoken to deputies, is asked to call Sgt. Wayne Weyler, at (970) 244-3356.

Shauntelle remains in the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Facility with no bond, at this time. The case remains active and on-going with updates provided as they become available.

Previously Released on December 15, 2015...

Mesa County, Colo. -- School resource deputies arrested a 13-year-old female, of Palisade, this morning on charges related to felony menacing, unlawful possession of a firearm by a juvenile, interference with students at a school and harassment. She is currently being held for processing by deputies and is expected to be booked into the local youth detention facility later today.

Students initially advised school administrators at Mount Garfield Middle School yesterday about posts on Facebook related to this female student having a handgun and threatening to use it on school grounds. Consent searches and interviews were conducted yesterday evening and this morning, leading to the arrest. The images of the handgun have been removed from Facebook and the weapon has not been recovered by deputies, at this time but it remains a primary focus of the investigation.

The student's identity is not being released at this time in compliance with Colorado Open Records Act. This case remains active and in the early investigative stages with updates provided as they become available. The students who reported this dangerous behavior should be commended for coming forward about the social media posts related to their school. Law enforcement, working in tangent with School District 51 officials were able to investigate swiftly and deter the threatening incident.