Deputies investigate shooting threat at Roswell school

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been just two months since 7th-grader Mason Campbell allegedly opened fire at Berrendo Middle School injuring two of his classmates, Nathanial Tavarez and Kendal Sanders.

Thursday, a student threatened to do it again.

Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputies say they went to Berrendo Middle School just before 3 p.m. Thursday after a student found a threatening letter in her locker.

Detectives say a girl, 12, admitted to putting it in there.

The letter explained there would be a school shooting Friday because the 12-year-old was upset about how her friend was treating her around a boy.

“She was unhappy of the lack of attention she was getting from this particular girl,” said Chaves County Chief Deputy Britt Snyder.

Deputies took the girl in for questioning and released her to her parents Friday night.

They say they didn’t have any reason to believe she was going to carry out the threat.

Berrendo did have extra security on hand Friday morning, but some parents say it’s just not enough.

“It’s like we had this bad episode and then we’re OK now. We are not ok now,” said Nicole Vargas. “Our kids are not OK. Our kids should not be afraid to go to school.”

The Superintendent says there’s no reason for parents to worry.

“We have the situation contained as we do in many situations with student discipline,” said Roswell Schools Superintendent Tom Burris.

Burris says the girl who wrote the note has been disciplined, but he wouldn’t say how.

He says she was not at school Friday.

No charges have been filed, but investigators are reviewing the case. 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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