EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The Evergreen Cougars will be playing without two athletes at Friday night’s football game against the Conifer Lobos after a bullying case came to light this week.
Deputies arrested the 15- and 16-year-old Evergreen High School sophomores on Wednesday on felony menacing and misdemeanor harassment charges. The students have been kicked off the team and are currently suspended.
School district officials sent out a letter on Thursday informing parents of the troubling situation, which authorities say went on for months.
“Our school’s a really good school, but some of the people in our school just make really poor choices,” Evergreen High School junior Lizzy Julian told CBS4.
The felony charge stems from what happened on the school’s property on Monday. The 16-year-old, whose name isn’t being released, allegedly threatened other students with a piece of broken glass.
A Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokesperson said the broken glass is considered a deadly weapon in this instance.
Authorities say four peers of the suspects were the targets in the case. Those victims are 14- and 15-year old students who also attend the high school.
School officials rejected CBS4’s request for an on-camera interview, but the students CBS4 interviewed about the situation on Friday say staff and faculty go out of their way to try to prevent bullying.
“I think this high school is probably the best one in the state, that has the lowest bullying,” sophomore Lucas Corbo said. “This is the first incident that I’ve heard of in a very long time.”
“We have posters everywhere, ‘Stop Bullying,’ and that really helps our school. But some people just ignore it, and make irresponsible stupid decisions,” Julian said.