Unfounded kidnapping rumor sparks concerns in Farmington | KOB 4

Unfounded kidnapping rumor sparks concerns in Farmington

Meg Hilling
October 04, 2018 07:41 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M.– Rumors of an attempted kidnapping at a middle school had some parents on edge this week.


A text message between a student at Heights Middle School and parent showed the student to be expressing concern about two girls who were almost "kidnapped." 

KOB contacted the Farmington Municipal School District and discovered there is no need for concern.

"Yesterday morning, a couple students reported just some suspicious activity around the campus. They let their teacher know, the teacher let the administration know and they took all the appropriate steps to get everybody safe and secure," Public Information Officer for Farmington Municipal School District, Renee Lucero said.

According to police, after they checked things out, they said there was no evidence of anyone trying to kidnap a student.

The district wants parents and students to recognize how quickly wrong information can be shared.

"Social media tends to be one of the least effective ways to report. It leads to misinformation; it leads to kind of unnecessary distress among parents and people with kids in that classroom," Lucero said.

But school leaders do want kids to remember, that if they see something, say something.


Meg Hilling

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