Boy’s break-up may be to blame for Cibola shooting threat

Cibola shooting threat
Cibola shooting threat

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police have tracked down the student who posted a photo threatening to shoot up the Cibola High Homecoming and said that the entire ordeal may have been over a break-up. The news didn’t sit well with fellow classmates at Cibola High.

On Monday, the buzz through the halls and in the classrooms was all about the sophomore that police are questioning about the threat that cancelled homecoming. Most students said they don’t know who the teen boy, behind the threat, is. But that didn’t stop people from speculating.

Student Connor Mooney was trying to narrow down a list of possible suspects all day.

“I just had some ideas in my head of who it was,” Mooney said.

Sophomore Sophia Colon said the threat left her shaken up.

“It’s kind of scary thinking someone at our school would actually try and hurt someone,” Colon said.

Police used an IP address to track down the student. They said it was a 15-year-old sophomore at Cibola High School. They said he created an Instagram account called “Cibola”  and then posted the photo promising to shoot up the school’s Saturday homecoming dance.

Albuquerque Police Officer Tanner Tixiar said a parent noticed the threat first.

“A parent to one of the students that was heading to the dance that night discovered the Instagram posting and made school officials aware of it,” Tixiar said.

Tixiar said there was no evidence the teen was planning on following through with the shooting, but the district canceled the dance anyway as a precaution. He said the threat may have been over a girl.

“As far as we know at this point, it appears to be a young man upset about a break-up with a young lady and the fact that they weren’t going to that dance together,” Tixiar said.

That news had fellow classmates upset.

“He should have just gotten over it, but I don’t know, if some people are going to get that attached then oh well,” Osmar Aguirre said.

Albuquerque Public School officials rescheduled the dance for October 18th. The district has promised to help pay for it.

Students said the threat has cost them a lot of money on limos, dresses and suits. However, some still think the district made the right call.

“I think the school did the right thing to cancel it because we could have all gotten hurt,” Colon said.

The FBI has been forwarded the case because the servers for Instagram are outside of New Mexico.

APD said the teen faces a harassment charge, which is a misdemeanor. Over the weekend, the teen boy was taken to the hospital for a psychological evaluation. 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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