Threat targets Berrendo Middle School shooting victim

Created: 08/30/2014 6:55 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Roswell middle school still recovering from a school shooting has been hit with another scare and the threat targets one of the victims from the shooting.

The Superintendent told KOB Eyewitness News 4, he's not sending a letter home to parents because he says the situation has been handled.

A new 8th grade student at Berrendo Middle School, was arrested after police say he confessed to writing a threat on the bathroom wall.

It's been almost eight months since two students were shot in the gym at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell. And on Thursday, deputies were called to the school again about what a student found written on the bathroom wall.

"Says I will finish off Nathaniel on 9-2-14," said Chaves County Lieutenant Mike Herrington.

Deputies say an 8th grader confessed to writing the message because he was mad. Herrington says the student had gotten into a fight with another classmate before writing the threat.

"When he was released from the classroom to go see the nurse he just went in there in the bathroom, wrote it down real fast, and then went straight to the nurse," said Herrington. "He said he didn't mean anything by it, but he was angry."

Herrington says the 8th grader was arrested for disrupting the educational process. He says they notified the parents of Nathaniel Tavarez, the boy who was shot back in January.

"You know at the beginning whenever you first call them they don't know what's going on," said Herrington.

But Herrington says the parents told him Nathaniel will go to school as usual.

"He's going to school, that is the most upbeat child I have ever seen in my life," said Herrington. "He is unbelievable. He's not worried, he doesn't have any worry about this at all." 

Superintendent Tom Burris says the student is suspended and will not be at Berrendo Middle School next week.

Burris says school officials will schedule a disciplinary hearing next week.

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