Mom In Las Cruces Social Media Threat Apologizes For Her Son’s Actions
Las Cruces Police had to issue a "shelter-in-place" for all district schools because of a lockdown situation at Conlee Elementary school Friday afternoon. A 23-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a threat he had made on social media.
Las Cruces Police say the found out about the threat shortly after noon on Friday. Complicating things was a separate and unrelated shots-fired call reported around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Idaho Avenue and Lees Drive that prompted police to place Lynn Middle School on lockdown. No injuries were reported in that incident and the victim declined to file charges.
After the suspect, 23-year-old Michael Estrada was placed in custody, his mom, Martha took to social media to apologize for her son's actions. She told KFOX 14 that her son needs help and she's worried that if he doesn't, "he's going to eventually end up hurting himself or he's going to hurt somebody and, more than likely, he's going to hurt himself."
Martha said her son is a good kid, but she thinks his actions on Friday were a cry for help. She said she felt the best thing for her to do was to turn her son in so he can get help.
It's got to be the toughest thing in the world for a mom to have to come to that place in her life. We hope that Martha and her son get the help they need so this kind of thing doesn't happen in their lives again, and we salute Martha for having the guts to do what's right for her son.