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Los Lunas school to add security as precaution to social media threat

Los Lunas school to add security as precaution to social media threat

J.R. Oppenheim
April 21, 2017 07:07 AM

LOS LUNAS, N.M. -- With threats of a possible school shooting circulating on social media, a New Mexico school district says it will increase security on Friday.

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Viewers alerted KOB to posts on Snapchat and Facebook that someone has threatened to open fire at Valencia High School in Los Lunas on Friday. The Valencia County Sheriff's Office confirmed deputies are looking into the origins of threats made against the school, but there is no indication the threat is legitimate.

"Right now it’s only rumors, but we’ll have deputies on site to prevent anything from happening," Chief Deputy Gary Hall told KOB. He did not comment further.

The Valencia County News-Bulletin also reported on its Facebook page the threat was that of a shooting, attributing that information to Los Lunas Schools.

Sidney Olivas, a spokesperson for Los Lunas Schools, sent a statement to KOB saying the district is aware of the alleged threat on social media but would not specify any details. Therefore, the school will step up security and district officials alerted parents.

"We understand the concern from parents and students," Olivas said. "First and foremost, student safety is our priority."

Here is the full statement from Los Lunas Schools:

Los Lunas Schools is aware of the alleged threat against Valencia High School that is currently spreading on social media.  We understand the concern from parents and students.  First and foremost, student safety is our priority.  As a precaution there will be additional security at Valencia High School on Friday.  The district is alerting parents of the alleged threat and it is up to the parents to decide whether or not to send their child to school tomorrow. Los Lunas Schools is working diligently to follow up on any leads regarding the posts.

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