Shooting rumors spiral out of control

RIO RANCHO (KRQE) – On Wednesday night, some middle school parents got an automated call saying rumors about a school shooting spiraled out of control.

Rio Rancho police say it started with a text message to students at Lincoln Middle School that said they could expect a surprise Thursday.

Police say students speculated about what the surprise would be and rumors of a shooting started.

But, police say the kid who sent the text is a former student who is returning to visit the school and was excited about surprising friends. School will be open Thursday. 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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