ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Suspicious package found at UNM mental health building; police close streets.
University of New Mexico police and the Albuquerque Police Department's bomb squad are investigating a new threat at this hour after a suspicious package was located this morning at the UNM Psychiatric Center at Marble and Vassar NE, and both streets were shut down in the vicinity while police investigate, the Journal's T.J. Wilham and APD spokeswoman Trish Hoffman tell us.
So far, it's turning out to be nothing, Hoffman told ABQjournal.com.
Earlier today, there was a report at Manzano High School that a female student overheard a male student say he had a gun on campus, then reported it to school authorities who called in police to investigate, according to a report on KOB-TV.
Another report that the male student may have had photos of himself brandishing a gun haven't been confirmed, but school officials apparently have identified the male student and are considering sending him for a psychological evaluation, according to the KOB-TV report.
Albuquerque Public Schools spokesman Joe Escobedo told Eyewitness News 4 that school officials and police were still assessing the situation to determine whether there was a genuine threat.
7:05am — School Threats Ripple Across U.S., N.M.: Most turn out to be hoaxes, but authorities are taking no chances.
An alert we told you about yesterday at the University of New Mexico continues today, and public schools in Santa Fe County and Bernalillo have employed extra security measures in the wake of this week's shooting at Virginia Tech and today's eighth anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado.
A man who allegedly threatened a school attack in Yuba City near San Diego that would dwarf the Virginia Tech attacks turned himself in Thursday, but not after school districts in two Southern California cities tightened security, causing several schools to cancel classes or evacuate students, The Associated Press reported.
And it was the same thing from coast to coast, the AP reported, in which many of the threats — spread in the time it takes to make a phone call or post an Internet message — referred either to Monday's massacre by Cho Seung-Hui or the Columbine killings on April 20, 1999.
New Mexico was no exception, as UNM police called an alert around noon Thursday warning everyone at the university to be especially vigilant following the discovery of a note in a classroom that mentioned a student with a gun on campus, according to KOAT-TV.
"UNM police are asking everyone on campus to be especially vigilant," warned a note UNM police e-mailed to students and faculty, KRQE News 13 reported. "They are investigating unspecified threats that have been made in the past hour."
The e-mail also mentioned that threatening notes had been found at several New Mexico schools and asked students to report any suspicious activity to police.
The alert remains in effect today as the investigation continues, 770 KKOB Radio reported this morning.
Two 18-year-old males were found with a shotgun and shells on the campus of Pojoaque High School who ignored a security checkpoint, but apparently posed no threat, as we told you yesterday and the Albuquerque Journal reported this morning.
Also on Thursday, a worker at the old courthouse in Bernalillo found a hand-written note under a rock by the door that contained a threat of a shootout at Bernalillo High School, Police Chief Fred Radosevich told KOB-TV.
Bernalillo police ordered more security on campus, but dozens of parents pulled children out of school because of the threat, Eyewitness News 4 reported.
Attendence at Capital High School in Santa Fe was down by a third on Thursday, even though there was no specific threat, KOB-TV reported.
And according to a report on KOAT-TV Thursday night, Window Rock High School in Arizona was evacuated for a second day in a row because of a bomb threat, and few hours after the second threat, another bomb threat caused the evacuation of Tse Ho Tso Middle School in Window Rock, Action 7 News reported.
Window Rock Superintendent Thomas Jackson told KOAT that he will not ignore any such threats and would take each one seriously.