ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A West Mesa student was taken into custody Wednesday. The Albuquerque Public School (APS) District said his gun was accidentally discharged in class.

According to APS, the incident happened around 11:40 a.m. in a wood shop class made up of juniors and seniors. They claimed the student took off running after the gun was discharged.

The school was put on shelter-in-place for about 1.5 hours. Lindsay Hunter a mother of a West Mesa student and said she didn’t even know about the shelter-in-place until after it was lifted. “First, I got a call that stated that the shelter-in-place was lifted. At that time, I wasn’t even aware there was a shelter-in-place,” said Hunter.

Parents said they are shocked by the number of guns being brought onto campus. “The student didn’t seem to have bad intentions, but that doesn’t take away from the fact how guns can get on campus very easily as it seems,” said Hunter.


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The student was eventually arrested at a nearby park. APS said the student might face federal charges for bringing a gun onto campus. No other information has been released at this time.

APS said they will provide counseling and other services for those impacted by the event.