Automated call triggered Pojoaque School lock down

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – According to officials, an Air National Guard automated call system prompted the lock down that closed Pojoaque High School doors on Wednesday.

Officers went out to the high school around 9:30 a.m. that morning after a school receptionist received a message that told her “there was an active shooter in building 400, restrict all movement.”

The receptionist immediately advised security who placed the school in lock down mode and reported the incident.

Another school employee received the automated message as well. According to the employee, the message indicated that it was being left for a teacher at the school.

That teacher told investigators that he is a member of the Air National Guard out of Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and believed the system had dialed his work phone.

Guard personal say that the organization maintains an automated system for emergencies and drill notifications.

An Air National Guard commander confirmed that an active shooter exercise took place that day, sending out an automated alert. 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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