Students Charged for Making School Threats

Farmington, N.M. - Farmington police are pursuing charges on two students planning an attack at Farmington High School, and a third is being investigated. A student reported the plan to a school administrator who then reported it to police.

At around 2:21 pm on September 24, a school resource officer responded to the assistant principal’s office for a report of a 15-year-old male student suspected of planning a school shooting. The student had a drawn map of the school and written plans for a shooting. Through investigation, the SRO identified another student, a 15-year-old female, who had contributed to the plan and possibly a third student, another 15-year-old male.

The map detailed a specific date the students wanted to carry out the plan and listed items they needed to gather. The investigating SRO spoke with the students’ guardians and confirmed they didn’t have access to any firearms in their homes.

The officer worked with the Juvenile Probation Office to charge two of the students with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. The incident remains under investigation.

Farmington Police Department Chief Steve Hebbe said this about the incident, “FPD’s cooperative relationship with Farmington Municipal Schools proved essential in this situation. We’re grateful to the student who reported this early so that school staff and our officers could intervene. This is a perfect example of how we work as a community to keep our kids safe in Farmington.”

“The safety of our students and staff is our most important priority. Farmington Municipal Schools takes these incidents seriously and collaborates with our law enforcement partners to keep the community safe. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of how we look out for one another and how when we see something, we say something,” said Dr. Eugene Schmidt, Superintendent of Farmington Municipal Schools.

FPD and FMS encourage students and parents or guardians to report anything they feel is suspicious to school administrators or officers. Anyone who would like to submit an anonymous tip about safety concerns at a Farmington school can do so through the Say Something app or website at p3campus.com.