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Potential high school shooting prevented in Santa Fe, police say

J.R. Oppenheim
November 09, 2017 10:15 PM

The Santa Fe Police Department said Thursday evening a community effort thwarted a potential shooting at Santa Fe High School.

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SFPD Public Information officer Greg Gurule said they arrested three juveniles who wrote a letter filled with racial epithets and threats to shoot students and teachers at the high school. A student found the letter Tuesday and turned it in. The school district notified police.

"Officers worked quickly with the school providing extra security with the SFPD Special Victims Unit and Intelligence Center worked to identify and locate the juveniles with cooperation of their parents," Gurule said.

The letter included names of several students and two teachers considered "targets to be shot and killed," the criminal complaints state. The police reports say the letter also had racial and homophobic slurs, and it references a possible spot on campus as "a perfect place to kill" along with a diagram.

Santa Fe Public Schools alerted the people named in the letter along with all parents of high school students, Gurule said. Police officers also assisted the school's security team.

According to police reports, the three students face charges including engaging in terrorist activity and interference with public officials or general public. They are around 14 to 15 years old.

In an email to parents, school officials told parents they take all threats seriously and warned them about an increased police presence Wednesday.

"We appreciate the students who brought this to our attention, and we encourage all students and families to notify us if you hear anything that could possibly endanger our students in any way," Chief Community Engagement Officer Jeff Gephart wrote in the email.

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