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Social media threats hit two ABQ high schools

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Students at a Northeast Albuquerque high school faced two different threats Thursday.

A threatening Snapchat post made its way to cell phones of students at Eldorado High School. Earlier in the day, a person thought to have a gun was seen near the school.

Students reported the social media post to faculty and “police officers were immediately notified and this threat immediately began to be investigated,” principal Martin Sandoval wrote in an email to parents Thursday night. “We take all threats as being credible until proven otherwise.”

He did not say what the threat was, but wrote that it was directed at an assembly planned for Friday.

Police later traced the post to a student at Manzano High School, and learned it was directed toward Manzano students and staff, who were also scheduled to hold an assembly Friday.

“The post made its way to Eldorado and several students who saw the post viewed it as if it was a threat to Eldorado,” Sandoval wrote. “This Snapchat post did create fear and concern with our students and staff as it spread throughout our campus.”

Eldorado High School’s Friday assembly was still scheduled, but Sandoval said security and police presence would be increased during the event as a precaution.

He did not say if Manzano High School would still hold its assembly Friday.

Before the  threats, the Eldorado campus participated in a scheduled evacuation drill on Thursday.

Between the end of the evacuation drill and the report of the Snapchat threat, a person thought to have a gun was seen near the campus.

According to the email, students were all safely in their classrooms and the campus entered a shelter in place.

The person was found within five minutes, according to the email, and police discovered the gun  was a toy.

 

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