Bogus threat scares school where prior shooting occurred

Posted at: 03/21/2014 6:38 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Roswell middle school that’s recovering after a school shooting just had another scare.

But as KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out, it turned out to be teenage jealousy.

Chaves County deputies went out to Berrendo Middle School Thursday after a girl threatened to shoot a classmate. 

“It was shocking and the first thing I thought about was oh no, not again.  Not again, these poor kids," said Kathy Sigala.

Sigala has two kids at Berrendo Middle School.

She says it’s been a rough year.

“It seems like they were just barely getting back on track,” said Sigala.  “The kids are starting to feel normal again at school. Things are starting to go, they're having fun again, they're relaxing. And now this."

Chief Deputy Britt Snyder says a 12-year-old girl put a note in another 12-year-old girl’s locker.

It read, "If things don't change there's going to be another school shooting around here tomorrow," said Snyder.

The student gave the note to school administrators, who then called deputies.

Snyder says after questioning the girl who wrote the note, they determined there was no real threat.

“The motivation for writing the note seemed to be a jealousy issue between one 12-year-old girl and another," said Snyder.

But deputies take these cases seriously.

“You never know whether these children might follow up on this,” said Snyder. “But you get it nipped in the bud and that puts a stop to these situations."

The 12-year-old girl might face charges.

District Attorney Janetta Hicks tells KOB she is reviewing the case and it could take up to 30 days.

"This absolutely will not be tolerated. The school is going to deal with it quite harshly from an administrative standpoint. Not to mention the fact that you could be charged with some pretty serious offenses," said Snyder.

Superintendent Tom Burris would not get into detail about the discipline of the child, but did tell KOB they are following their policies very closely for this type of situation.

A judge will decide if the 12-year-old boy, accused of the actual shooting of two students at Berrendo Middle School, can stand trial.

Mason Campbell has a competency hearing scheduled for next Friday.

Investigators say Campbell shot 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez and 13-year-old Kendal Sanders in the gym at Berrendo in January.

Both victims are now recovering at their homes in Roswell.