Another incident at Rio Rancho High School prompted a letter to parents being sent by Principal Millan Baca around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The incident involved two students bring toy cap guns to school and pulling them out after school was dismissed.
“We would like to inform you of an incident that took place this afternoon at Rio Rancho High School. We want to make sure you have accurate information and dispel any rumors you may hear about this incident,” Baca wrote. “Today, two students brought toy cap guns to school and pulled them out to exchange them following the dismissal of school. At no time was anyone threatened, however, this does not diminish the level of concern about a student bringing even a cap gun to school. School officials took immediate action and appropriately dealt with the situation.”
This is the third time Baca, who took over as principal in early August, has sent a letter to parents about an incident on campus.
On Aug. 28, Baca sent an email to parents 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.
On Aug. 17, an email was sent to parents to address a fight on campus that involved a male student hitting a female student.
Baca did not mention the gender of those involved in the fight in the letter, but a video on Snapchat showed a male student punching a female student in the face during the fight. Two RRHS students told the Observer a girl was hit in the face by a boy.
“As we head into the Halloween season, there are many items that can be purchased that resemble real weapons. Please help us in ensuring your child only brings to school those items that belong at school,” Baca wrote in Wednesday’s letter. “Students who bring items to school such as toy guns or look-a-like guns or other look-a-like weapons will face disciplinary action including up to a 10-day suspension pending a hearing for long-term suspension.”