Rio Rancho High School Principal Millan Baca sent an email to parents Monday morning detailing an incident involving a student brandishing a fake firearm.
The letter said the school received a video from a student at 6:40 a.m. showing another student pointing a toy gun at some students as they arrived for school.
“The weapon in question appeared to be a toy and was bright orange in color,” Baca wrote.
The letter said the student has been identified.
“We have identified the student in question and want to reassure you that our Safety and Security Department have determined that there is no threat posed to any students or staff at Rio Rancho High School,” Baca wrote. “Actions like these are completely unacceptable and promote a sense of danger and anxiety within our schools. Rest assured that we are investigating this incident and will take all appropriate actions.”
RRPS issued the following statement:
“Like the statement to parents says, the weapon in question was determined to be a bright orange novelty toy gun and the student has been identified. Our Safety and Security Department takes these kinds of situations very seriously. At no time was there a threat to any students or staff at RRHS. Actions like these are no laughing matter and only cause a sense of fear and anxiety in our schools which disrupts the learning process.”