Classes resume at Cleveland High School nearly a week after shooting

Wednesday, students at Cleveland High School will head back to class for the first time since a student fired a gun inside of the school nearly one week ago. 

Counselors are expected to be on campus for students and staff who need them.

Sixteen-year-old Joshua Owen is accused of opening fire inside of the school on Valentine’s Day. Owen is in juvenile lock-up awaiting a court-ordered mental health evaluation.

Court documents say Owen wore a ski mask into the school, walked up to three people and pointed the gun at them. The gun didn’t go off.

Documents say a hit list revealed Owen’s ex-girlfriend and two others were possibly the targets. Owen was found and arrested in an arroyo about a mile from campus. 

Wednesday, classes resumed at the high school with an increased police presence. The Rio Rancho Police Department wanted to make sure everyone felt safe.

“As a parent myself, it provides some ease of mind knowing there are some law enforcement officers in close proximity to just about every school,” said Captain Andrew Rodriguez.

In the hallways, teens returned to posters made by Rio Rancho High School students with encouraging notes.

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