No charges filed against Mesquite, NM teacher after explosive scare
Mesquite, NM (KTSM) — UPDATE: The Dona Ana County Sheriffs Department will not file charges against the teacher who brought a model of an explosive device to Mesquite Elementary School Monday morning.
According to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators, the employee, who is also a member of the school’s emergency planning team, was hoping to use the lookalike device as an educational tool, but did not effectively communicate his plans to the rest of the administration.
Investigators concluded there was no malicious intent in the incident and no charges will be filed against the employee.
EARLIER: Administrators at Mesquite Elementary in the Gadsden ISD evacuated the school Monday afternoon after a model of an explosive device was discovered in a classroom.
Gadsden ISD officials confirm that a teacher made a model of an explosive device in order to train Mesquite Elementary's All Hazards Team. The model, described as an alarm clock taped around a shoe box with models of fake dynamite sticks was spotted in the teacher's classroom by administrative staff Monday morning.
The administration immediately contacted the Gadsden ISD Security Department and the Dona Ana County Sheriffs in order or remove the model device. As a precautionary measure, all students were evacuated to nearby North Valley Elementary on the recommendation of law enforcement so that they could adequately analyze and dispose of the model.
"The school's emergency response committee or All Hazards Team, required by all schools by District policy, did not have any training scheduled that required this model nor would such a model be allowed on campus. Creating a model like this is not only inappropriate but very dangerous to the safety of students and staff at Mesquite. It could have created panic among the school students and staff had it not been for the quick response by the principal to notify District security of the fake device" said Luis Villalobos, GISD communications consultant.
Gadsden ISD officials say that the teaching assistant who assembled the fake device will face disciplinary action by the district.
All students are expected to return to Mesquite Elementary on Tuesday.