Belen police: Student into custody in school shooting threat
BELEN, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Belen say a 16-year-old student is in custody after allegedly threatening to carry out a school shooting at Belen High School, resulting in a two-hour delay of the start of classes Thursday.
Police say the threat was made Wednesday night via social media and that investigators tracked down the student by tracing the social media account.
Police Chief Scott Conner told the Albuquerque Journal that the student said he had no intention of shooting up the school and only made the threat “to see what kind of response he would get from the school and law enforcement.”
The Associated Press generally does not publish the identities of juvenile suspects.
Police presence at the school was stepped up Thursday morning.
Belen is 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Albuquerque.