SANTA FE (KRQE) - They are already being criticized over their controversial new teacher evaluation system. Now, the Public Education Department is also dealing with a possible threat to one of its employees.
New Mexico State Police say a PED employee got two voicemails that investigators are considering a serious threat.
State Police says it is doing hourly patrols of the PED building in Santa Fe Friday, and security is inside watching the doors.
That has been the case since Wednesday, when State Police say a PED worker heard two disturbing voicemails of what sounded like gunshots.
“It is just enough to hear what is going on with the gunshots, and then the line goes dead,” said State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez.
This comes at the same time, PED has been under fire for its new teacher evaluation system some feel is unfair.
State Police won't say which PED employee got the threatening voicemails or if it has anything to do with the recent controversy.
“This day and age you just never know what can happen in cases like this, so we treat every case such as this very seriously, especially when it's geared towards any public official or any government agency,” Sgt. Gutierrez said.
Sign after sign around the building Friday directed employees and visitors to the main doors, the only entrance left unlocked.
The PED secretary-designate sent emails throughout the week notifying staff about what happened and saying safety is always the primary concern. She said she understands it to be an isolated incident.
State Police say both voicemails were sent to the same person, but they are not clear on whether or not that person was specifically being targeted.
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