Berrendo Middle School emails show support during shooting

Posted at: 02/26/2014 7:24 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

When it comes to communication, emailing is a common way to reach out to co-workers, friends, and even family.

But for the first time, KOB Eyewitness News 4 is seeing how it was used as a way to support complete strangers during a tragic time in the Roswell community.

Roswell was thrown into the national spotlight when Berrendo Middle School’s gym turned into a chaotic crime scene in January.

Roswell School District Superintendent Tom Burris saw it first-hand.

That’s clear from his email inbox.

Less than an hour after the shooting, school administrators warned teachers.

"Teachers, there was a shooting at Berrendo Middle School this morning,” wrote a school administrator.  “I am asking you to try to remain calm and keep your students as calm as possible. At this time, do not have conversations with the students about the situation."

Then emails of support from around the state poured in.

“Thoughts and prayers are with you,” wrote the superintendent of Aztec.

Those were followed by emails from around the nation.

“We are holding you high in our hearts and our prayers,” wrote a school director in Utah.

Out of hundreds of emails, almost all of them showed the overwhelming amount of support the school received during that tragic day.