A threatening email sent to Eisenhower Middle School’s principal and numerous law enforcement agencies early Monday morning led them to evacuate the school and cancel classes for the day, according to Albuquerque police.
Spokesman Tanner Tixier said federal and local authorities received the email, which said that there may be an explosive device or an active shooter at the school, around 7 a.m.
Police announced later Monday afternoon that the school had been cleared and nothing suspicious was found.
The email came at a time when law enforcement has been on high alert because of an explosion in New York City on Saturday night and a stabbing attack in Minnesota for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
“As we started analyzing the email, we determined the best course of action, especially with what’s been happening in Minnesota and New York, was to go ahead and evacuate the school,” Tixier said.
As kids arrived at Eisenhower, they were kept in a field outside and full evacuations began around 7:40 a.m., Tixier said.
Tixier said it’s possible the email came from a child, but police are still investigating.
“It reads as though it came from a student, but we don’t know,” he said. “It came from an anonymous email address through a third-party server.”
Albuquerque Public Schools officials announced that classes were canceled around 8:30 a.m. Parents picked up their children at Bartonwood and Juan Tabo.
Officers with rifles stood guard in front of the school and directed parents to their children as bomb squad members and police K9 units entered the school.
Juan Tabo was closed in both directions in front of the school during the evacuations and remained closed as authorities investigated.
“We’re going to do a complete and systematic search of the school, make sure that there’s no devices,” Tixier said outside the scene Monday.
He said there were no reported threats to other schools. He said he didn’t know if the incident has any connection to a bomb scare at Highland High School last week.
Eisenhower was cleared by 10:30 a.m. and Tixier said APS police had taken over the investigation.