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Threats at Cibola spur investigation by APD

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Cibola High School students were investigated by Albuquerque police Friday for alleged threats of violence.

One of those threats was determined to be misinterpreted and unfounded, but the other was corroborated and that student was disciplined.

Albuquerque Public Schools spokeswoman Monica Armenta, citing privacy issues, declined to identify the students, the discipline or detail the threats.

The only information available was that the student who was cleared posted a photo on social media that someone reported as threatening. That threat was later determined to be not credible.

The other situation involved a student who on Thursday allegedly made some sort of verbal threat of violence to a school employee. The investigation into that incident confirmed it had occurred.

“The incident was handled appropriately and protocol was followed,” Armenta said. “We’ve continuously told students, parents and employees, if you see something that makes you uneasy or may pose a safety threat, say something to someone. That’s what happened here.”

After high-profile incidents of violence, such as the mass school shooting in Florida this week, “some students seeking attention take advantage of the circumstances to make threats and scare people,” Armenta said. “Every threat has to be taken seriously and investigated, and that requires a tremendous amount of effort, resources and support.”

Part of that effort came from Cibola High School principal Pamela Meyer, who Friday morning sent a message to parents of Cibola students, thanking those who called the school’s attention to the threats.

“These incidents, of course, come on the heels of other threats that have been made to our school as well as the horrific school shooting in Florida,” Meyer said in her message. “We understand that tensions are running high and we are doing all we can to alleviate fears and concerns. If you hear of any incident that could pose a threat to school safety, we ask that you notify a school official immediately.”

Armenta also said that on Tuesday next week, APS will unveil new measures to increase security on school campuses around the district.

These measures involve new safety plans, protocols and the installation of high tech hardware, including camera access control at schools. The intention is to decrease vandalism and protect students, staff and the community.

The cost of these measures is being paid for by already secured funds from taxpayers via bond and mill levy elections, Armenta said.

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