SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Three Santa Fe High School students were arrested after threatening to shoot up their school.
Police say the threats were found in a letter describing a plan for a mass shooting.
The threatening letter was filled with racist, homophobic and scary statements. The authors also had a hit list.
It all started Tuesday when a student found the threatening letter on campus. The letter targeted “several students” and “two teachers.” It contained statements like, “just want to get an awesome kill count,” and “I love being a school shooter… it’s awesome.” They also called gay and African American students derogatory names.
The writers also drew a map of where the attacks would happen, and identified the school’s courtyard as a “perfect place to kill.”
Police say they worked with the school to locate and arrest three teens. One student confessed to writing the letter, another added names to the list and a final student admitted to knowing about it.
All three students say it was a “joke,” but Santa Fe High School parents and students says they do not see it that way. “It’s scary,” said Adolf Campos, who has child at the school. “Especially [with] you know, everything that’s happening now.”
Anthony Vigil’s sister is a student at SFHS, he says “honestly that kind of scares me because that’s my little sister and I worry about her safety and stuff.”
One student told News 13, she was feeling anxious and decided to go home early on Friday. She said “nobody knew what was going on. The school wasn’t saying much, like no one knew it was an actual like serious threat they just said it was some prank.”
“The administration mobilized its own security force here at Santa Fe Public Schools and contacted the police department,” said Jeff Gephart, SFPS Chief Community Engagement Officer.
Gephart says security has been scaled back and things are back to normal.
Authorities are thanking the students who found the letter and the school for their quick response.
Police are not saying how credible the threat was. All three students are charged in relation to the threat.
Santa Fe Public Schools says the following robo call went to all Santa Fe High parents on Nov. 8:
“Yesterday, Santa Fe High discovered a threatening note on campus, and we take all threats seriously.
While we will work to limit the disruptions due to this threat, it is important for you to know we will have a heightened police presence at Santa Fe High today, Wednesday, November 8th as we work to ensure student safety. School district security is also on alert.
We appreciate the students who brought this to our attention, and we encourage all students and families to notify us if you hear anything that could possibly endanger our students in any way.
Keeping everybody safe is of the utmost importance to our school and our district.
Please call the school if you have any questions.”