ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — About the time many students had finished posing for customary pictures, a threat on social media ended Cibola High School’s homecoming dance before it started.
A person posted a message on Instagram saying a shooting would occur at the homecoming dance, according to Albuquerque police. The school canceled the event as a result.
Late Saturday, APD spokesman Daren J. DeAguero said, “Officers were able to track an (Internet Protocol) address and locate the juvenile that posted the threats.” The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation, he said.
Aaron Werner, a Cibola High senior, said he was in a group of about 20 people who had just finished getting their photos taken. They were on their way to a nice restaurant in the Uptown area when word broke out on Twitter that the 8 p.m. dance was canceled, he said.
The group changed plans and ate at Frontier to save money.
Mia Ramirez, also a Cibola senior, said she had started getting ready for the dance at about 2:30 p.m. She bought a dress for the occasion and she had her hair and makeup done.
“It was a lot of time and money,” she said.
School officials alerted parents about the dance by phone and they also sent out messages on social media to let everyone know the dance was canceled, said Johanna King, an Albuquerque Public School spokeswoman. It will be rescheduled sometime in the next few weeks, she said.
“We realize that this is disappointing and we regret that this decision had to be made, however student safety is always a top priority for Albuquerque Public Schools,” read a message on Cibola High’s website.
Just before the dance was supposed to start, all the gates to the school campus at Coors Bypass and Ellison NW were closed. At least one of the gates had a “dance canceled” sign posted.
Albuquerque police said the case will be forwarded to detectives to determine what judicial system the incident would fall under.