Police tighten security following school shooting threat
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Police are increasing their presence at a high school outside Albuquerque after a shooting threat was made against the school.
Rio Rancho police say they are investigating after someone posted a message on social media Tuesday night, threatening to “shoot up Rio Rancho High School.”
Officials say district security and police officers will be placed at the school Wednesday and additional precautionary measures will be taken.
District Superintendent V. Sue Cleveland says the threat is being taken seriously, and school officials are working with police to investigate the source of the threat.
In a statement, Cleveland says schools across the country have been grappling with threats intended to create chaos, and it’s “appalling that individuals would capitalize on recent tragedies to insight fear and anxiety among students and parents.”