Berrendo Superintendent: Punishment to be severe

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – The superintendent at Berrendo Middle School said the punishment will be severe for a student accused of threatening one of the shooting victims from earlier this year.

Monday, school officials told KRQE News 13 they learned of the threat on Thursday and quickly took action. It resulted in the arrest of the eighth-grade boy.

Chavez County sheriff’s deputies said the boy attends Berrendo where Nathaniel Tavarez and Kendal Sanders were shot by Mason Campbell in January.

Deputies say the boy admitted to writing quote “I’ll finish off Nathaniel on 9-2-14” on a bathroom wall.

Monday, the superintendent said they’re handling the threat with severe punishment.

”The disciplinary action will be severe. It is not something we will tolerate, not something we will put up with. It’s a very unfortunate situation for Nathaniel,” Superintendent Tom Burris said.

Officials say the boy has been suspended, but the superintendent would not say for how long.

School officials said they will release more information Tuesday.

Campbell is serving an eight-year sentence at the juvenile detention center in Albuquerque. 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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