Report: Mason Campbell may have been bullied

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Mason Campbell was sentenced to the max time for opening fire at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell and injuring two students.

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been nearly four months since the Roswell middle school shooting and police still haven’t released a motive, but a report into the investigation shows Mason Campbell may have been bullied.

The 125-page report details the moments leading up to the shooting and New Mexico State Police’s investigation into the tragic aftermath, but it leaves out one big question.

Why did 12-year-old Campbell allegedly open fire in his middle school gym that January morning?

Dozens of people police interviewed say Campbell was a normal kid with lots of friends, but others say he just seemed fed up with something.

One woman even said Campbell told her he was tired of being slammed into lockers, that bullying was a big problem and not enough people are against it.

Friday, KRQE News 13 showed those statements to the Roswell school superintendent.

“For me to conjecture what has happened or what any of the report alludes to would be an error on my part at this time,” said Superintendent Tom Burris.

KRQE asked Superintendent Burris if Campbell was bullied.

He wouldn’t comment.

Burris, however, says all of the Roswell schools have an anti-bullying curriculum and if a student has an issue they’re supposed to tell an adult.

According to one woman, before the shooting Campbell told her bullying happened everyday and that he did tell his family and the school, but nobody was helping him.

KRQE asked the school district if any changes will be made now that the report has been released.

“Absolutely we will read the report. If there are indicators in the report of things that we need to be doing differently we will work on those things,” said Burris.

According to the report, Campbell’s parents met with the principal about some type of issue prior to the shooting.

Burris wouldn’t comment on it. 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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