West Mesa High School Student Accidentally Discharges Gun on Campus


December 14, 2022, 10:55 pm

ABQ RAW staff

POSTED 12/14/2022 @3:45PM

Albuquerque –

According to the Albuquerque Public Schools, West Mesa High School was placed on a hour-and-half lock down because a student accidentally discharged a handgun in a classroom. APS and APD police responded to the school for the lock down. The student who was allegedly responsible fled the school.

In an email to the school community it described the incident:

A gun brought onto campus by a student in a Woods elective class accidentally discharged. The student in possession of the weapon fled campus after the gun was discharged, and a shelter in place was ordered. About an hour and a half later, police located the student across the street at a park and arrested him.

There were never any threats made toward the school or individuals. Still, we acknowledge the severity of the situation.

School safety is a community responsibility, and we encourage people to come forward when they learn of possible threats to our students and staff. We take every threat or rumor of danger seriously and work closely with APS Police and other law enforcement.

I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can at our school to keep our campus safe:

● We have a site safety plan with detailed instructions for various possible emergencies.

● We practice drills according to our site safety plan.

● We have an armed police officer assigned to our campus and several security guards.

● We don’t discuss student discipline because we are required by law to protect their privacy. I can assure you that all students bringing a weapon on campus face severe disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion and criminal charges.

We all have a role to play in ensuring our school remains a safe place for learning. Remember: If you see or hear something, say something. I appreciate your cooperation.


Michele Torres

West Mesa High School

According to APS, no one was hurt in the incident. We will update the story if any more information becomes available.


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