The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that two Española Valley High School students have been arrested after making the threat: “let’s shoot it”.
At 8:45 a.m. today, deputies working with the School Resource Officer assigned to the school were already on the campus as a preventive measure when the threat was reported to officials. The students were confronted by a school security guard who overheard part of the conversation among a group of students and they in turn told the security guard, “Just don’t come to school tomorrow”.
The two students involved are not strangers to the judicial system. Alex Zammaron, 17, and Jacob Garcia, 15, are already on probation. When deputies contacted the Juvenile Probation Office they were given authorization to detain the pair based off the threat. Zammaron and Garcia are being held for further questioning at the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office on the charges of Disorderly Conduct and Interference with the Educational Process. Zammaron also had a small amount of a controlled substance and will be charged additionally.
School officials searched lockers and vehicles belonging to the pair and no weapons were found. The school remained in session, deputies will continue to monitor the campus as a safety precaution.