How to Help
• Wells Fargo has set up an account for the victims. Donate at a local branch to the: “Berrendo Middle School Fund”
• United Way of Chaves County: Call 575-622-4150 to donate to help the victims.
• Counseling Resources: RISD – 575-627-2511
Berrendo Middle School – 575-627-2775
EPOCH Behavioral Health – 575-578-0746
Vargas wants more time for students
Nicole Vargas, aunt of two Berrendo Middle School students, said she was uncomfortable with her niece and nephew returning to school [auth] Thursday.
She said her seventh-grade nephew was injured by shrapnel in the shooting and that her eighth-grade niece witnessed him being injured.
“They’re not going to send our babies back to school on Thursday,” she said.
Vargas said she started a petition asking the district to cancel school at Berrendo until Monday or whatever time parents indicate their children are ready to return.
Superintendent Tom Burris said parents “have their right” to keep kids at home if they choose.
He said one reason Berrendo will start school again Thursday is because regular routines should be cathartic for students.
“I think that for a lot of those kids, back to normalcy is going to be a good thing,” he said.
Counselors will be on campus Thursday to work with students, he said.
Suspect Apprehended After Shots Fired at Berrendo Middle School Shooting
The Record has confirmed that the shooter was a juvenile. The incident occurred in the school’s gymnasium between 7 and 8 a.m.
A 14-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for treatment. The boy has been taken to University Hospital in Lubbock and the girl is in transit to the hospital.
A student was shot in the face, according to two witnesses. One student died, according to two other witnesses.
New Mexico State Police are investigating the event and have not yet provided an official statement.
The suspect is in custody.