UPDATED 11:37 a.m. 10/7/15
Española Superintendent of Schools, Bobbie Gutierrez, made a decision earlier Tuesday evening to cancel classes at Española Valley High School for Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Early Tuesday morning, the school district learned of a threat on social media regarding a potential shooting at EVHS. A student who has been identified posted threatening comments on Facebook and Instagram, warning specific individuals to not attend school because “there is going to be a shooting.”
The school informed police and initiated a modified lockdown which allowed classes to continue. Concerned parents hearing about the situation also went to the school Tuesday to pick up their children and by early afternoon more than half the students had been signed out.
Superintendent Gutierrez confirmed that Espanola City Police were able to identify the student who posted the threats as a student at McCurdy Charter School. The student has been suspended from McCurdy but as of Tuesday night police had not completed their investigation and advised Superintendent Gutierrez to either keep the school in lockdown Wednesday, or cancel classes for the day. Due to the difficulty of maintaining an all-day lockdown Gutierrez opted to cancel Wednesday classes at EVHS and is awaiting completion of the police investigation in order to plan for Thursday.
“At the current time, we do not have any reason to believe any of our elementary schools or our middle school is in danger, and all schools, other than the high school, will be on a regular schedule on Wednesday,” stated Mrs. Gutierrez earlier this evening.