Bomb threat investigated at Piedra Vista High

Steve Garrison
Piedra Vista High School is pictured Friday after a bomb threat was reported at the school.

FARMINGTON – Law enforcement officials investigated a bomb threat Friday morning at Piedra Vista High School — the fourth threat reported this week at an area school.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said a school security guard discovered threatening graffiti on a men's bathroom wall at approximately 8:45 a.m. No explosive devices were found during a search of the school, according to Allen.

Allen said Friday morning students were ordered to shelter in place until approximately 10:05 a.m., but Piedra Vista High School Principal Dave Golden said later the school only imposed a restriction on hallway use.

"That is just placing all the students in classrooms, where they should be anyway," Golden said. "That provides us the opportunity that, if we need to go into a (shelter in place), we are one step closer to that."

He said it was very similar to measures taken at Farmington High School during a bomb threat there on Thursday morning. Similar threats were reported this week at Tibbetts Middle School and Aztec High School.

Allen said investigations continue into all four incidents.

Golden said the bomb threats have been a disruption to education and undermine the campus' sense of safety.

"It impacts your educational progress, particularly going into finals week," Golden said.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.