LAS CRUCES—At approximately 12:18 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, Conlee Elementary School was placed in a lockdown as a precautionary measure after the school was notified of threatening comments made over social media.  As an additional safety measure, all LCPS schools throughout the school district were concurrently placed into shelter-in-place, said LCPS spokeswoman Jo Galván.

“As soon as we heard about the threat, the Las Cruces Police responded immediately to keep our students and staff safe,” said LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing.

A threatening message was made by a local resident who eventually was detained by Las Cruces Police at 2:05 p.m.  Once police had the suspect in custody, all schools were allowed to dismiss at the normal times, Galván said.

Galvan reported that all schools will return to their normal schedules on Monday, Sept. 18.

“It’s understandable that some parents were frustrated when they were trying to visit a school or take their children out of school early,” Galvan said.  “But, during a lock-down or a shelter-in-place, no visitors can enter or exit the building. This is a standard process to keep everyone safe until the police or the Superintendent lift the safety restriction.”

Also during the middle of Friday’s district-wide event, at approximately 1:35 p.m., Las Cruces police also locked-down Lynn Middle School due to police activity in the Lynn neighborhood.  Galvan said it was unrelated to the threatening social media comment.

“The emergency systems we have in place in our district worked really well this afternoon.  This cooperation with the police was outstanding,” said Deputy Superintendent Gabe Jacquez.  “This is why our schools and the district administration practice various type of emergency drills throughout the school year.”

—Contact: Jo Galvan, LCPS Communications Coordinator, 575.527.5811, jgalvan@lcps.net