Police respond to Aztec High School bomb threat

Daily Times Staff
Aztec High School is pictured Wednesday after a bomb threat was reported.

FARMINGTON – A bomb threat scrawled on a men's bathroom wall prompted students at Aztec High School to shelter in place Wednesday morning.

Capt. Troy Morris of the Aztec Police Department said a message was written in a men's restroom stating a bomb would go off at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police responded at 10:37 a.m. as the teachers and staff members locked the doors to their classrooms and continued to teach.

Morris said the incident was similar to an incident that caused staff members and students to evacuate Tibbetts Middle School in Farmington on Monday afternoon when a bomb threat was written on a men's bathroom wall with a specific time a bomb might explode.

The shelter in place was lifted at 11:11 a.m. after the Aztec High School resource officer searched the building with school staff members. Aztec police consulted with the Farmington Police Department's bomb squad during the incident, according to Morris.

Superintendent Kirk Carpenter said the district took action to search for anything out of the ordinary, and once nothing was found, the school resumed normal operations.