Text message threat closes Espanola charter school

Posted at: 01/22/2014 8:35 AM
Updated at: 01/22/2014 5:20 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It was just that – a threat.

But police and school administrators took it seriously and reacted quickly.

The historic McCurdy School on the south side of Espanola was closed early Wednesday morning before students started arriving.

A 15-year-old boy sent out a text message early in the morning, saying he was going to bring a gun to school and there was going to be some shooting.

Word spread quickly among kids and parents.

"He was gonna, you know, come and shoot up, at the school. You know, shoot some kids" Rosabelle Schattschneider, a parent of a student at the school, said. "I was very concerned, especially with what has just happened in Roswell and other schools. So I, you know, I Facebooked other parents."

"We need to be prepared for these types of situations," School Director Janelle Archuleta said. "I would say we have a peaceful campus. This is a close-knit campus."

Police located the boy who sent the threat message, but no guns, no access to guns. No hit list, and no arrest.

Classes are scheduled to resume with regular hours on Thursday. The future of the student who sent out the threat remains unclear.