Bomb threat puts Farmington High on lockdown

The Daily Times staff
Bomb scare

FARMINGTON — Farmington High School was placed on lockdown for about 35 minutes this morning after a bomb threat was discovered on campus.

Principal Tim Kienitz said a student discovered a bomb threat written on the men's bathroom wall in the fine arts building at about 9:40 a.m., and the school went into a preventive lockdown. A preventive lockdown or shelter in place alerts teachers to lock their classroom doors and continue teaching.

Farmington Police Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen said the writing stated a bomb would detonate at 12:40 p.m. today. The Farmington bomb squad and school resource officers conducted a search of the campus and gave the "all clear" at about 10:15 a.m. when the preventive lockdown was lifted, Allen said.

Kienitz said teachers, staff and students did a great job taking precaution during the preventive lockdown, and everyone responded appropriately.

Farmington police are conducting a investigation into the incident and extra police are expected to be on campus for the rest of the day.

The incident at Farmington High marked the third time this week that a bomb threat was discovered at a San Juan County school. On Monday, Tibbetts Middle School was evacuated after a student discovered a bomb threat in the bathroom. Students and staff at Aztec High School were instructed to shelter in place on Wednesday after a similar threat was found.