Albuquerque elementary school warns of suspicious activity near bus stops

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque elementary school sent an alert to parents warning them of suspicious activity around school bus stops.

The message from the principal at Marie Hughes Elementary in Northwest Albuquerque read, “We have received reports of suspicious activity in the neighborhood at school bus stops after school.”

“It was a little worrisome, you know, because my child is young and I don’t want anything suspicious going around his school or near his school,” said Parent Stacy Metzger.

Some parents said it left them trying to guess what had happened.

“It just seemed like there was this random alert put out like, oh by the way, there’s suspicious activity going on, be careful,” said Metzger.

“I wish it was a little more clarified,” said another parent.

Albuquerque Public Schools said someone reported a light blue car following a student near a bus stop. No police report was filed, but the principal sent the alert out of caution.

“I love the way the school really looks after the children so this could be something you know ambiguous, they don’t really know, but they’re sending out a cautionary note to the families to be alert,” said Terri Lovato.

But some parents still want more.

“A little more in depth, a little more detail, when did they first notice this occurrence,” said Metzger.

“It’s kind of vague,” said Sara Garcia Sedillo.

But parents do agree, vague or not, they’re happy they got it.

“I would much rather exercise caution ahead of time,” said Lovato.

APS says what’s shared in an alert is up to the principal of each school.

Marie Hughes Elementary is also encouraging kids to walk in pairs home from the bus stop. 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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