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Two high school students were found with guns on campus in separate incidents Tuesday in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
Both students, one at Volcano Vista High School and another at Cleveland High School, are facing criminal charges.
The situations unfolded the same day that more than a dozen children were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in west Texas.
The local incidents came without any reported injuries.
Volcano Vista Principal Melissa Sedillo said the gun was confiscated from the backpack of a student in the south parking lot of the school.
“The student who brought the gun on campus now faces criminal charges and appropriate school discipline, which could include suspension or expulsion,” she said in a Facebook post, adding that Albuquerque Public Schools Police are handling the investigation.
Sedillo said a “concerned individual” notified staff of the weapon before the student was found and searched.
“We encourage people to come forward as they did today when they learn of possible threats to our students and staff,” she said. “We take every threat or rumor of danger seriously and work closely with APS Police and other law enforcement.”
Around the same time, a similar situation played out in Rio Rancho.
Police Lt. Jacquelynn Reedy told the Rio Rancho Observer that a boy was arrested Tuesday morning after being seen with a gun at Cleveland High School.
She said the student was booked into the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center. According to Reedy, a student told a school security officer that the boy had a gun.
The suspect was contacted, and authorities located and confiscated the handgun, Rio Rancho Public Schools said in a release.
The release said no threats were made and the weapon was not brandished or pointed at anyone.
“At this time we don’t know why he decided to bring the firearm,” Reedy told the Observer.
Rio Rancho school officials said parents should urge their children to report “suspicious activities or disturbing information to a trusted adult.”
“Together we can prevent situations like this and ensure the safety of our students and staff,” the district said in its release.
The Rio Rancho Observer contributed to this story.