RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - Two teens are in big trouble after threatening to blow up Rio Rancho Middle School.
Word spread quickly from the school bus to parents and school staff that a bomb was set to go off Monday.
According to Rio Rancho police, a 13-year-old said he and his friend wanted to "get even" with teachers there. Police and school staff told News 13 no one was ever in real danger in this case.
"Threats are taken very, very seriously," said Kim Vesely, spokesperson for the Rio Rancho School District.
Vesely said school staff members were immediately notified by other students. Police said students on the bus had also sent text messages to their parents saying they overheard a 13-year-old classmate discussing a plan to bomb the school at 10:17 a.m. with his 17-year-old friend.
"Neither one of them went into too much detail," Rio Rancho Officer Janet Garcia said. "They kind of just admitted that they had discussed it, but there was no blueprint, there wasn't any plans that they had set."
Police took the boys into custody and said the younger student told them his 17-year-old friend, who goes to Desert Pathways Alternative School, was "dissed" by teachers at Rio Rancho Mid School, and wanted to get even.
"Nobody was in danger at any time," Vesely said. "Our security did a very prompt investigation and immediately brought the police into it."
Police did a sweep of the school and found no evidence of a bomb. However, Garcia said the 13-year-old made another disturbing comment while waiting for his mother.
"He then makes statements that he's going to kill his family, that it's better off for him to go into detention than to go home," said Garcia.
The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Officers said the 17-year-old was already on probation.
Although authorities said no one was in danger, both boys face multiple charges.
"It didn't seem like either child had access to bomb-making equipment or to weapons," said Garcia. "So even though we don't have physical evidence, the threat in itself is serious enough."
School officials wouldn't comment on this case specifically, but Vesely told KRQE News 13 these situations can result in long-term suspension or students can also be expelled.
Both teens are charged with false reporting of explosives, accessory, disorderly conduct, and interference with the education process.
The school staff said they did not notify parents of the incident because there was no credible evidence of the threat putting anyone in danger.
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