Bomb threats force lockdowns at Farmington High

The Daily Times staff
The Farmington High School marquee is pictured on Thursday from the corner of North Sunrise Avenue and 20th Street in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Two separate bomb threats at Farmington High School today caused staff to place the school into preventive lockdown twice

Farmington Police Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen said a student discovered a threat written on a women’s bathroom wall and reported it to the front office at about 8:15 a.m.

The school went into a preventive lockdown at 8:30 a.m., and that was lifted at 9:20 a.m. after the Farmington police bomb squad swept the campus.

Principal Tim Kienitz said another bomb threat was found in a men’s bathroom this afternoon, which prompted another preventive lockdown from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

For the rest of the week, while classes are in session, student travel will be restricted and staff and security will escort students, according to Kienitz.

A similar bomb threat was found in a men’s bathroom at Farmington High on Thursday morning.

Since Dec. 7, seven bomb threats have been reported in San Juan County, including the two today at Farmington High. All but one were reported at public high schools in the county.

Similar threats on bathroom walls were also found at Tibbetts Middle SchoolAztec High SchoolPiedra Vista High School and the Animas Valley Mall, which was evacuated on Saturday.

The San Juan County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest in connection to the bomb threats. Tips can be submitted at sjccrimestoppers.org, through the Farmington Police Department's mobile app and by calling 505-334-8477.