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Unlocked Gadsden High School will go to distance learning on Friday

This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. with more detailed information on the schools affected by the lockdown.

LAS CRUCES – Gadsden High School was locked down Thursday, according to a press release.

The press release said the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office recommended the lockdown as DASO continues investigating threats against the county this week.

According to the school authorities, the blockage was lifted after a few hours. However, safety concerns were enough to cause the district to force learning online for Friday. Only Gadsden High School will be online on November 19th. The other schools in the district will function as usual.

Gadsden High School in Anthony on Wednesday April 15, 2021.9

“The school administration of Gadsden High School has already informed the parents of the ongoing lockdown for Thursday,” said Luis Villalobos in the press release. “Gadsden Middle School and Gadsden Support Services, all located on Washington Street in Anthony, New Mexico, have also been given enhanced security.”

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The lockdown situation is a continuation of the ongoing investigation into threats to Gadsden High School that we received on Tuesday, Villalobos said.

“We believe that this is the same perpetrator who threatened the school two days ago,” said DASO Captain Jeremy Hash. “We believe this is an intention to disrupt the school, but not a believable threat.”

Villalobos said that lockdown was unrelated to a lockdown in nearby El Paso on Thursday.

Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @ Just516garc.

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