Pojoaque HS Lockdown Result of Kirtland AFB Security Exercise Phone Call

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Police in front of Pojoaque High School earlier this week during lockdown. Valley Daily Post photo

Pojoaque HS Lockdown Result of Kirtland AFB Security Exercise Phone Call

Staff Report

POJOAQUE – Pojoaque School officials have confirmed earlier media reports that the lockdown of the Pojoaque High School on Wednesday Nov. 4 was triggered not by a prank call as earlier reported HERE, but by an automated call made by Kirtland Air Force Base as part of a security training exercise. A statement from Kirtland Air Force Base stated that the calls were part of an exercise to response to on base security threats and that each call was prefaced with a disclaimer saying “exercise, exercise, exercise”. Apparently an employee of the Pojoaque school district is also a member of the National Guard who serves at Kirtland and the system must have dialed his work number as part of the drill.

The air force base statement said that “Kirtland AFB regrets any disruption to school”.  

Wednesday’s incident along with earlier incidents at Espanola High School and Chimayo Elementary have created a tense atmosphere regarding school security. Superintendent Mel Morgan of the Pojoaque District said Wednesday that when staff detects a possible threat they will act to protect the students.

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