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Teen accused of threatening Bloomfield students
Law enforcement arrested the suspect Friday
FARMINGTON — Local law enforcement officers have arrested a juvenile male after he allegedly made online threats toward Bloomfield students using Instagram.
An investigation into possible threats made against Mesa Alta Junior High School students has led to the arrest of a 15-year-old suspect, according to Bloomfield Police Department School Resource Officer Derek Booker.
The juvenile is accused of a misdemeanor count of harassment and is being held at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.
Bloomfield police were notified Thursday about the alleged threats.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office along with Bloomfield police met with a person who shared threatening direct messages sent through Instagram which targeted specific Bloomfield students, according to a Bloomfield Police press release.
Police identified the suspect as a Bloomfield High School student with possible accomplices enrolled at Mesa Alta.
As part of the investigation, Bloomfield police and the sheriff's office contacted students at Mesa Alta and removed students from a Bloomfield schools bus.
The press release stated there is no active threat to any students in the Bloomfield School District or the City of Bloomfield. No students were harmed and no schools were put into a lockdown.
Bloomfield police commended the student who reported the threats to the school.
Bloomfield School District Superintendent Kim Mizell said the district takes any student making threats very seriously.
She added the police and district are working to deter students from making threats.
An online school shooting threat posted on Feb. 15 by an expelled Charlie Y. Brown Alternative School student led to the school being evacuated and searched by law enforcement.
The 17-year-old student and John Williams, 20, were arrested and charged in state and federal court on the case. Williams' cases were dismissed earlier this year.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.