Rio Rancho student in police custody after sending threatening texts
December 15, 2017 12:36 PM
RIO RANCHO, N.M. - A Rio Rancho high school student was taken into police custody Friday morning after sending texts to peers including disturbing and threatening comments.
The texts were immediately reported to the administration and authorities and the student was taken into custody.
Rio Rancho High School Principal Sherri Carver sent the below letter to parents following the incident.
Dear Rio Rancho High School Parents:
This notice is to inform you of a report we received at Rio Rancho High School this morning. I want to make sure you have accurate information and dispel any rumors you may hear about this incident.
A Rio Rancho High School student made disturbing and threatening comments regarding our school via text messages to peers this morning. Administration was notified of the threats and immediately reported it to Rio Rancho Public Schools Security and the Rio Rancho Police Department. The Rio Rancho Police Department has the student in custody and appropriate disciplinary action will take place.
The recent tragedy at Aztec High School and tragedies at schools in other states have heightened everyone’s concern for the safety of students. I want to assure you that we always take any type of threat seriously and have the full cooperation of the police department.
We appreciate the individuals who reported this concern. I encourage you to continue talking with your children about the seriousness of threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats or disturbing information to a trusted adult.
Students also need to be aware that law enforcement agencies are taking these threats very seriously and can pursue prosecution even when such incidents are intended as pranks. Please make sure your child is aware of these ramifications and that he or she understands threats related to campus safety will not be tolerated.
I appreciate your continued support of a safe learning environment for our students.
Sherri Carver, RRHS Principal
Updated: December 15, 2017 12:36 PM
Created: December 15, 2017 09:19 AM
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