Threat from 6th-grader prompts letter to parents

Updated: 05/09/2014 10:08 PM | Created: 05/09/2014 5:15 PM
By: staff

A threat from an Albuquerque sixth-grader spread fear throughout a school Friday.

APS said a boy threatened students at LBJ Middle School Friday morning.

Officials claim the boy said he was going to bring weapons to school.

APS said the threat turned into a big rumor and many students got scared.

The boy has been suspended, and the district sent a letter home to parents.

Below is the text of that letter:

"Dear Parents this is Mr. Bachicha, LBJ’s Principal,

This morning (Friday, 5/9/14) a 6th grade student made some serious threatening comments to some students.  In a fit of anger, he referred to bringing weapons to school.

We are taking the incident very seriously. 

I have reported it to APS police, the student has been suspended, and we are in the process of initiating a formal threat assessment.  The parent of this child has been notified and is cooperating fully with school officials.

Unfortunately, rumors spread among the student body causing a lot of anxiety, especially among our 6th graders.

If your child is fearful or needs clarification, please let them know that we are handling the situation very thoroughly and efficiently and most of all that they have no reason to fear for their safety.

If your child needs to see a counselor, we will gladly accommodate him or her.

We deal very effectively with threat assessments when they occur. However, this one has turned into a big and fearful rumor among our 6th graders. So please do all you can to let them know that the situation is safe and under control."

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