Police increase security at local schools

‘Generic rumors, threats’ heard

Law enforcement provided extra patrols at area schools Friday in response to vague and unsubstantiated rumors that mischief or violence would occur to coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar.

No mischief was reported.

Durango police Lt. Ray Shupe said authorities throughout the region were aware of “generic rumors and threats” related to Friday, which some believed was presaged by ancient Mayans to be the end of the world because it was when they ended their calendar.

Friday also was the last day of school for many children before the winter break.

“All of the schools have some extra police attention,” Shupe said Friday. “As always, we have school resource officers in the schools every day.”

The Bayfield School District began placing extra deputies at schools Monday in response to rumors that someone was going to bring a gun to school Friday.

The Ignacio Police Department also had extra patrols at schools, said Chief Kirk Phillips.

Security in schools has been a subject of much public debate after an elementary school shooting one week ago in Newtown, Conn. That tragedy left 28 people dead, including 20 children.

shane@durangoherald.com

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