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No credible threat found at Berrendo Middle School

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Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies said Thursday there was no credible threat to Berrendo Middle School after parents reported a Snapchat conversation.

Charles Yslas, chief deputy for the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office said investigators determined Wednesday night that the threat was not credible. He added the school was not placed on lockdown.

“There was no gun, there was no incident at school,” Michael Gottlieb, superintendent of the Roswell Independent School District said Thursday.

A school resource officer provided by the Sheriff’s Office was present at the school to answer any questions or concerns from students or parents, however, there was no large scale police presence.

The concern was prompted by a student at the school who overheard a couple of other students talking about shooting and interpreted that as a possible threat, Yslas said.

An investigation was carried out Wednesday night and found the students taking part in the conversation had been talking about a video game they were playing and not an act of violence.

The individual who overheard the conversation then sent a message about it to a friend on Snapchat. Parents of the Snapchat message recipient then contacted law enforcement with their concerns.

Parents, Gottlieb said, were notified about the situation via robocall after school faculty and staff learned about it Thursday from students. In a short video posted on the school district’s Facebook page, Gottlieb urged parents to monitor the social media activity of their children and report any concerns they might have to the school district.

Though no threat was found, Yslas said, the Sheriff’s Office takes every possible threat seriously and applauds both the student and parents for bringing the concerns to their attention.

“We’d rather be safe than sorry,” Yslas said.

Berrendo Middle School had been the scene of a shooting in Jan. 14, 2014 when Mason Campbell, then 12, opened fire with a shotgun wounding two students.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.