As school started for the day at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, a student opened fire injuring several students and critically injuring two others. On Jan. 14, 2014, ABC News reported that two students were air lifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Tex. The facility is 175 miles from the school. A spokesman for UMC says that a 14-year old boy and 13- year old girl are in critical condition.
Witnesses to the shooting say that they saw one student get shot in the face and another in the arm. Fox News reported that an eighth-grader at the Berrendo Middle School, Odiee Carranza, witnessed the shooting. She says that the shooter was a student at the school who she thought was being bullied. Carranza said that the incident took place in the gym and that a boy was shot twice in the face.
Police reports state that the incident took place at 8:11 a.m. Mountain Time. The shooting suspect is in police custody.
Berrendo Middle School was placed on lockdown. Students were transported to the Roswell Mall where parents can pick up their children. Parents and students are asked not to return to the school while the police are investigating the incident.
Lynda Altman is very concerned about the state of the public schools in Arkansas and the United States. Lynda writes a blog called Homeschooling When Mom has Cancer. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter. My heart and prayers go out to the families of the injured children. May peace return to the Roswell community soon.