Classmates react to arrest of Clovis library shooting suspect

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 is learning more about Nathaniel Jouett, the teen accused in a shooting rampage at a Clovis library.

His high school girlfriend says she was with him on Sunday evening. She says he was in a good mood and nothing seemed wrong.

Jouett’s girlfriend of four months — who KRQE News 13 is not naming at this time — says Jouett showed up to church and even participated in youth group that night.

Her dad, David Stevens, is the senior pastor at the “Living Word Church of God.” He says Jouett had been going there for nearly four months. He was even baptized a few months back.

Stevens says at that baptism Jouett talked a lot about having a rough childhood, but the family didn’t elaborate on that.

Stevens say he doesn’t want to downplay the horrific tragedy that took place Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library or the loss of life, but says he can’t imagine the teenager he knows doing something like this.

“I thought he was one of the ones who got shot or something from just being at the library, not in my wildest imagination did I think he was the one who did it,” Stevens said. “Our prayers go out to the families and the victims.”

Jouett’s girlfriend says he was recently being bullied at school. She says just last Friday he got into a fight with another boy at a pep rally and was suspended from school.

She says he was home all day Monday on that suspension, and that she had plans to hang out with him after she got out of school but that he canceled at the last minute.

Just about 10 minutes before police say Jouett opened fire inside the library, his girlfriend says a friend got a message from him saying “It begins.”

There was extra security Tuesday at Clovis High School after students expressed concern. School officials say there is no threat to the school, but more officers were there to ease fears.

Extra counselors were also brought in Tuesday to help students who needed to talk about what happened.

Most students KRQE News 13 talked to say they didn’t know Jouett well, but everyone saw the fight he was in last week. They said the news of Nathaniel’s arrest spread like wildfire.

Students were also sharing an image of a Snapchat they say Jouett posted just three minutes before the shooting. The image had a time stamp of 4:10 p.m., and appears to show the suspect sitting in a public restroom with a backpack on the floor.

Living Word Church also took to social media on Tuesday, saying it’s a time for prayer for the town of Clovis. The church will be holding a prayer vigil on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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