ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Cibola High students are devastated. Social media threats of a shooting led APS to cancel the school’s homecoming dance. But it’s just a dance, right? Not according to some students. They say the money they made was meant for school improvements.
Cibola’s senior class government say they’ve spent years raising the money to pay for the dance and the money they made would go towards a lasting gift to the school. There were feelings of disbelief and devastation.
“When the sponsors called all of us and said, ‘I don’t know if you heard, the dance is cancelled.’ Are you serious? This can’t be happening right now,” recalls Senior Andres Gallegos.
Months of planning and hours of preparation went down the drain.
“You look forward to that for so many years and then just have it taken away, it’s hard to even think about,” said senior Kaycee Hightower.
Saturday night, all of the hard work from the student government and teachers was lost when APS cancelled their dance after police say a sophomore teen threatened to shoot up the dance. Yet, they say it’s more than just lost time and energy.
“The money that homecoming makes goes back to our senior class and what we make from that, we put back into the school,” says Gallegos.
The money pays for things like a senior field trip, T-shirts, and a gift to the school like new bleachers or a new marquis.
“It will represent the class of 2015. It’s a mark that we leave on the school,” says Hightower.
Yet, that might not happen this year.
“Because that money’s going to have to go to this new homecoming dance that we have to plan,” says Senior Dylan Cordova.
Hightower said, “It’s hard for all of us to sit here and just comprehend the fact that we’re going to have to do that all over again.”
What’s more, the students say they’ve spent three years coming up with the cash for the dance through various fundraisers. Now, they’re worried students might not even show to the next dance.
“The hype and the excitement of homecoming week and the king and queen getting crowned and all the spirit that goes into that that then radiates into homecoming dance, it’s going to be lost,” explains Hightower.
Cordova added, “Being a senior, it just breaks my heart to see that my senior year could be impacted by something that was ridiculous.”
Yet, after all they’ve been through and all that’s still ahead, Cordova says he’d forgive the kid who made the threat.
“I feel that every student makes mistakes and we are one big happy family at Cibola High School,” Cordova says.
The Albuquerque Police Department say they’re investigating and tracked down the Cibola sophomore student they believe made the threats. Police did not say they have a motive for why the student allegedly made the threat. The teen boy was taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation.
The seniors say they will honor students’ tickets, but they anticipate many will look for refunds due to scheduling conflicts which will mean even more money out of their coffers. That’s not to mention all the money they and other students lost on party buses, tuxedo rentals and fancy dinners.
The students say they’re looking for any help they can get including money for the dance or time when it comes to setting up. Those who would like to help can call teacher Catherine Casaus at 505-897-0110 ext. 40066.