A 15 -year-old male Rocky Mountain High School sophomore brought
a .45- caliber automatic handgun to school Wednesday morning, said
Rita Davis, press information officer for Fort Collins Police
Allegedly the sophomore had written suicide notes on Monday and
began handing them out to his classmates and teachers, Davis
“He obviously had some issues and needed some help,” she
When the student’s notes were discovered, he was initially
unable to be found and his parents were contacted.
“He had disappeared from class so someone from the school went
to his home to talk to his parents and determine if he had access
to a weapon,” Davis said. “His parents were unable to determine if
a weapon was missing from home.”
When he was confronted the student was found with an unloaded
gun in his backpack and three additional loaded clips.
It was determined that the gun was from the student’s home.
“Within 25 minutes or so we located him. At no time did he
threaten anyone else,” said Tom Lopez, principle of Rocky Mountain
High School. “The issue was a young man threatening to harm
Lopez relayed the situation to students over the intercom and
sent a letter home to parents. Additional information will be
provided to parents at Rocky Mountain High School’s student/teacher
conferences scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening.
Teachers from Rocky Mountain High School are not talking.
“We have a policy that you talk to the people you should talk
to,” said Laura Druse, teacher at Rocky Mountain High School.
“Having been the journalism teacher for seven years, I believe you
should follow that.”
Fellow sophomore Megan Johnson was friends with and in two
classes with the student.
“He was really, really nice and really funny,” Johnson said. “I
got along with him. It is a complete shock for me to hear he was
planning to do something.”
Johnson, who has first period class with the student, noticed
that he was absent from class but was present at school that
Nick Foster, a 17-year-old senior at Rocky Mountain High School,
felt more sad than scared when he discovered the news.
“People just do that to themselves,” Foster said. “He could have
hurt other people. It’s pretty sad.”
The student was detained by a teacher and later transported the
Mountain Crest Behavioral Healthcare Center, which is part of the
Poudre Valley Hospital System.
Upon release from Mountain Crest the student will be charged
with carrying a concealed weapon, a class 6 felony, and possession
of a handgun by a juvenile, a class 2 misdemeanor, Davis said.
The student has also been suspended from school and upon review
by the Poudre School District Board of Education may face