PRESS RELEASE: Student charged in connection with school threat

Farmington, NM – A Farmington student has been charged in connection with a recent school threat that took place earlier this week. Farmington police were notified on Tuesday about the threat circulating on social media targeting Tibbetts Middle School. The post read that an individual and friends were going to shoot up the school either Wednesday or Thursday. Detectives with the Farmington Police Department immediately opened an investigation and quickly identified a 14-year-old female as the suspect. Today at approximately 2:40 p.m. she was taken into custody and transported to the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center. She is being charged with interference with the educational process and public nuisance. Detectives believe the female acted alone and haven’t found evidence to support the allegation of other subjects involvement.

Throughout the investigation, an increased police presence was provided at Farmington schools. This increased police presence will remain in place until the end of the school year.

The Farmington Police Department would like to thank the public for their ongoing vigilance and dedication to the safety of our children. Chief Hebbe explained, “This case is a testament to the strong partnership between law enforcement and our community. The number of citizens who reported this threat was overwhelming. We commend you for stepping up and making a report.”