On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 9:15 AM, the principal of the Melrose, New Mexico Public Schools notified a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy, who was at the school conducting a routine security check, of a reported threat. The principal had just received reports from students that, during the morning meal service, another student, who is 15 years-of-age, stated that “he had a loaded firearm in his backpack and he was going to shoot up the place.” The school was placed into lockdown soon after.
The principal then notified a sheriff’s deputy who was making a routine security walk through the school as occurs most days, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said. It was determined that the student, who had made the threat, had since left the school with a parent. The incident began just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Waller said. He said the student was still in Melrose at 1 p.m. where he was being questioned by authorities. Deputies located the student and parent returning to the school a short time later. No firearms were found in the possession of the student. Charges related to this incident are pending.
Melrose schools Superintendent Brian Stacy said the school was locked as soon as the threat was known, meaning teachers and students sheltered in place and no one was allowed in or out of the school except for law enforcement. Stacy said classes resumed as usual after the student was located and concerns were eliminated.