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Suspect in Kirtland Central bomb threat arrested
Threat discovered Wednesday in school restroom
FARMINGTON — A 17-year-old male student at Kirtland Central High School was arrested Wednesday afternoon by detectives from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office after allegedly issuing a bomb threat at the school.
A press release from the Sheriff's Office says detectives were dispatched to the school Wednesday afternoon after the bomb threat was discovered in one of the restrooms on campus.
The detectives conducted interviews and obtained handwriting samples, quickly identifying a suspect whose handwriting resembled that in the threat.
The suspect allegedly confessed to making the threat and was detained on a fourth-degree felony charge of making a bomb scare, according to the press release. He was booked into the juvenile detention center.
Renee Lucero, spokeswoman for the Central Consolidated School District, said extra district security staff members were stationed at Kirtland Central High School today.
Due to a high number of false threats made recently, Lucero said CCSD administrators plan to prosecute suspects identified as making threats to student and staff safety.
The release states that such threats have become an issue at the school, and a Sheriff's Office official said the department is working on developing a countywide, unified prevention plan. He encouraged parents to monitor their children's social media and cell phone use.