Friday night’s Socorro High School girls basketball home game was stopped because a student brought a gun to the game.
A middle school student brought the gun in a bag and told other students about it, according to Superintendent Ron Hendrix. The other students quickly notified both the police and school staff. Socorro police officers responded and took students into custody.
Hendrix said his understanding was the student had issues with another student at the school. Hendrix said he didn’t know if the student “brought it just to show off,” but the student told others about the gun in their bag.
“The police did a wonderful job of reacting immediately along with the school officials that were there. They were all running straight to make sure no one got hurt and it was a good outcome and we appreciate them all,” said Hendrix.
The Socorro Consolidated School District released a statement on social media that everyone was evacuated from the building and is safe.
Update: The game against Hatch is rescheduled for Wednesday in Truth or Consequences. No spectators will be allowed. The rest of the games next week will go on as normal. People who attended the Friday game can attend the girls home game on Friday, Feb. 18 against Cobre for free.
The school mental health team is available for anyone in need of support. The Warrior Wellness Line is 575-838-2543 and will be monitored through the weekend.
The Chieftain has reached out to the police department for comment and expects an update from them Monday. This story will be updated with new information as it becomes available.