Updated Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.
Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Lillian Torrez confirmed that in-person learning at Taos High School was put on pause and sports events were cancelled Friday (Nov. 19) while school officials and law enforcement investigate a "possible threat" reported on social media this week.
"No new information has surfaced as we continue to search for any information regarding a social media post that went up for 1-2 minutes, which was communicated to Taos Police to investigate," Torrez wrote in an email to the Taos News. The post under investigation was published sometime Thursday (Nov. 18), she said.
Taos Police Chief John Wentz said in an update later on Friday that a juvenile was charged for posting a photo of a weapon to social media with a message that read, "Don't go to school tomorrow." Wentz said the post was quickly taken down, but he did not specify who removed the post.
The involved juvenile stands accused of "willfully interfering with the educational process of any public or private school by committing, threatening to commit or inciting others to commit any act which would disrupt, impair, interfere with or obstruct the lawful mission, processes, procedures or functions of a public or private school," in violation of New Mexico State Statute 30-20-13(D).
Wentz said the matter is being handled by Juvenile Probation & Parole
CJ Grace, principal at Taos High School, sent a text message to school parents early Friday morning notifying them that students would resume remote learning and sports events would be cancelled for the day. Torrez said students will return on Monday (Nov. 29), after the Thanksgiving break.
"Thank you for your patience as we follow our processes to ensure the safety of our community," Grace wrote in the text message.