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Sheriff's office asks for patience in Swink

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The Otero County Sheriff's Office is asking for patience from the public after the release of three suspects in the threats against Swink school.

In a Facebook post on Friday, the office said there have been dozens of phone calls coming into their office about the suspects being outside of homes or driving by homes and people. The sheriff explains, the protection order issued by the court when the suspects were released, November 13, does not prevent them from doing this.

The post also states that while the District Attorney objected to them being out on bond in court yesterday, the order stands. The post states, if there is a violation of the order or any other laws, law enforcement can take action. Deputies can not take any action against them driving by or parking outside of homes, and deputies are asking the public not to take out their frustrations out on dispatchers, including calling them names or using profanities.

The juvenile courts are monitoring the situation and the post lists the additional bond requirements as imposed by the judge. Under those conditions the suspects are not allowed to own or use any kind of weapon, must consent to and wear ankle monitors, they are not allowed to attend Swink school and they are not allowed to contact each other.

This stems from a kill list that was found written on a gazebo floor in La Junta Park. In all, there were 42 names listed including teachers, students, staff and family members.

All three of the suspects were released on a $1000 bond facing charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and interference with a school. The threat was discovered on Monday.

Here is our coverage of the threat and the response in the community.

Swink community look for answers after possible school threats

Parents react to Swink school "hit list"

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