Threats forces schools to 'shelter in place'

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Students at Newcomb elementary, middle and high schools were instructed to "shelter in place" for more than a hour today after a threat of violence was discovered in a bathroom stall of the high school.

Central Consolidated School District spokesman James Preminger said teachers were instructed to lock their classroom doors and continue teaching from 1:50 to 3:10 p.m. today.

The threat in the bathroom stall stated "everyone was going to die," according to Preminger. No additional details were included in the threat.

District staff searched the high school but did not find anything suspicious, Preminger said, so the "shelter in place" direction was lifted.

He said a student has been identified as a suspect, and the district is working with the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety on the investigation.

Earlier in the week, the three schools were also evacuated after a bomb threat was found. The threat was found written on a bathroom stall at about 3 p.m. at Newcomb Middle School.

A search of the school did not turn up anything suspicious, and the three schools re-opened for after-school activities at 5:30 p.m.