Charges dropped for two Santa Fe teens behind school shooting threat

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Charges against two of the teens accused of plotting a school shooting at Santa Fe High School were dropped Tuesday.

Police say classmates found the letter on the Santa Fe High campus last week, which included a so-called hit list.

It included the names of several students, teachers, and a map of where kids would be gunned down.

In court, prosecutors announced that they would be dropping the charges against two of the students, indicating that they may have only known the plan.

Their main focus was on the one student, Aaron Encinas, who allegedly devised the plot.

Prosecutors asked to keep Encinas locked up, saying he’s being raised by a single father who can’t stay home to watch him.

The teen’s attorney argued other family members could step in, but Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered Encinas to be held until trial.

First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement Tuesday regarding the incident at SFHS:

“The safety of our students, educators and parents is our top priority, and that’s why we successfully petitioned the court to detain the individual accused of writing the shooting plan. While this investigation remains ongoing, I want our families to know they are safe at our schools and in our community, and that we are working closely with Santa Fe Public Schools and Santa Fe Police regarding this matter. As my office proceeds with its investigation, we will update the public further. Thanks to the quick actions of Santa Fe Public Schools and first responders, we prevented what could have been a horrific tragedy.”

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