Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Young wolves from Socorro make the Albuquerque BioPark their new home

A competitive hearing is slated to see if a 13-year-old boy accused of killing a classmate at a middle school in Albuquerque can be brought to justice. Juan Saucedo Junior is due in court on November 8th. He was charged as a minor in first degree murder in the August death of 13-year-old Bennie Hargrove. Police say Saucedo shot Hargrove in Washington Middle School after Hargrove confronted him about bullying other students. His defense says he is taking medication for mental illness. And they say he needs to be in a treatment center instead of a detention center or be released so that his family can supervise him, take care of him and that he can attend a virtual school.

Parents are concerned about what happens in a middle school in Albuuqerque after a video shows a girl being repeatedly beaten by a boy without anyone stopping her. The scene was taped on Tuesday at the Sanchez Cooperative Community School in southwest Albuquerque with a cell phone. As you can see, even when the boy tries to leave, the boy hits a girl and tries to separate them. The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, says the attack was so severe that the girl was taken to hospital. The Albuquerque Public Schools issued a statement to inform us that they are aware of the incident and are taking appropriate action. One parent says this is not the first incident he has heard in school.

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