ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Students at San Antonito Elementary school are being escorted in the hallways by security while deputies are on patrol in the parking lots, and parents say they’re getting the run-around.
Parents of students say for the last three days the principal of the school, Patricia Gallegos, has lied to them about what’s going on.
According to parents, students came home on Thursday and said the school was put in lock down earlier that day.
“He said that somebody was screaming over the intercom and that meant it was a real drill,” Mercedes Melendez said.
Melendez has a son that goes to San Antonito.
They also told their parents they were not allowed to walk around campus unless they had a sheriff’s deputy with them. Parents started asking questions. Then, Friday, the school sent out an email saying the lock down was just a drill. It also stated there would be “extra security throughout the school year” but didn’t clarify why.
Parents KRQE News 13 spoke to are angry and worried the school is keeping something from them. A lot of them didn’t want to go on camera out of fear of retaliation. Some of them even kept their kids home from school Tuesday.
“I’m upset,” Melendez said. “As a parent for the last three days I’ve been driving up and there’s been police there and that hasn’t happened throughout the school year.”
Melendez isn’t the only parent upset.
When KRQE News 13 cameras showed up, there were Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies standing guard in the parking lot of the school.
Albuquerque Public Schools confirmed to KRQE News 13 that an education assistant at the school filed a restraining order against her adult son. The district said she informed the school about it last Thursday. But APS said there were no actual threats made against the school, students or faculty.
Neither APS nor BCSD would say why the education assistant has a restraining order against her adult son or what it may have to do with the school.
Parents KRQE News 13 spoke to who are part of the PTA said they were told Gallegos would be sending home a note with students Tuesday clarifying what happened last week. The PTA is also holding a meeting at 6 p.m. at the Vista Grande Community Center about this situation.