Updated Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Students and staff at Taos High School and Taos Middle School were ordered to shelter in place Friday morning (Oct. 11) after rumors of a threat spread that were determined to not be credible, according to Taos Police Chief David Trujillo.
Dr. Lillian Torrez, Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent, said a student from a middle school in Las Cruces told his parents a week ago that he did not want to attend Taos Middle School and "was going to do whatever he had to do" to not have to attend.
Torrez said a parent who caught wind of the student's threatening message warned their nephew, a Taos High School student, who spread the message further.
The rumor triggered a series of social media messages and reports on local radio about a possible threat at Taos High School and Taos Middle School, but Chief Trujillo called the Taos News Friday morning to say that the threat is not credible.
"We had a threat that's not credible at all go viral on Facebook," he said. "We're just taking precautions."
In light of the rise in school shootings throughout the United States in recent years, Dr. Torrez said: "We take all threats, even minimal threats, seriously, and we take every precaution to keep our students and staff safe."
– Rick Romancito contributed to this report
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