Belen Middle School parents upset over notice

Posted at: 10/11/2012 5:52 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 6:18 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

What started as a rumor of a mass shooting at Belen Middle School ended with Wednesday's arrest of two teens, but some parents who contacted KOB Eyewitness News 4 wanted to know why it took days for them to hear about the investigation.

"I think they should have called us as soon as they found out and they knew about it," Vivian Tinnin, who has an eighth grade student at Belen Middle School, said.

Problem was, Principal Sheila Armijo said when she first heard of a plot to shoot up the school in a Columbine-style attack last Friday, it was merely a rumor and not yet fact.

"A lot of them were upset that they found out so late in the game, but unfortunately that was just what I felt was important for them without causing a panic," Armijo said. "I wanted to have some concrete information."

And as soon as Armijo had solid information, she said, she notified parents. A directory of close to 1,600 parents and guardian phone numbers received an automated alert message.