School safety a fear for NM parents

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The tragic Berrendo Middle School shooting has shaken parents across the state, making many parents wonder how safe their kids’ schools really are.

It has been a little more than 24 hours since a 12-year-old gunman walked through school doors and opened fire. But the fear that it could happen anywhere at anytime has some Roswell parents scared.

For many residents the shock of what happened at Berrendo Middle School is still sinking in.

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According to police, Mason Campbell opened fire inside the school gym where more than 500 young kids were waiting for their first class bell to ring.

With that many kids witnessing the shooting, many parents feared sending their kids to other local schools Wednesday.

One parent says dropping her sons off at school will never be the same.

“You got to make sure you say goodbye, I love you, you know  have that last moment and it makes you think twice about it a little longer you know just leaving them because you never know what’s going to happen during the day,” Christine Ross said.

The Roswell schools superintendent says attendance at all public schools is normal Wednesday.

School officials say they have only had a few absences.

At this point, classes are scheduled for Thursday at Berrendo Middle school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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