Threat closes McCurdy Charter School in Espanola

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – A week after the school shooting in Roswell another threat forced officials to cancel classes at a charter school in Espanola after an alarming text message from a student surfaced.

State police said early Wednesday morning they got word that a McCurdy Charter School freshman sent a text to a fellow classmate warning the student not to go to school. The text possibly implied that something bad might happen.

School Director Janette Archuleta said by 7 a.m., they could not determine if the threat was real or fake so the decision was made to cancel school.

“It is alarming,” Archuleta said. “It’s paramount that our kids are safe.”

Archuleta said they’re being extra cautious, especially in the wake of the Roswell school shooting.

That shooting is the reason many parents and students we spoke with are on edge.

Irin Martinez said his friends go to McCurdy. He said immediately after learning about the possible threat the rumors started on Facebook.

“That a shooting was going to happen that they heard,” Martinez said.

Police won’t get into specifics about what the text said. However, they did say there was no mention of a gun or a shooting.

Officers said they spoke with the student who sent the text and determined there was no viable threat.

Police will not name the student.

According to school policy, a student can be suspended for making a threat against others. School officials have not said whether they feel this incident rises to this level.

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