PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KTEN) — Pauls Valley High School administrators learned about a social media threat against the school on Sunday morning.

Police said a video of a juvenile making a comment about blowing up the school was posted on Snapchat. After interviews with police and a mental health evaluation, it was determined that the child did not need psychological placement and was processed through juvenile services.

A felony charge for making threats with an incendiary device has been requested, and the juvenile was released to their parents under a promise to appear in court.

"The detective submitted a felony charge, however the court can do many things with it," said Pauls Valley police Chief Derrick Jolley. "The charge severity also gives them something they can work with. If you have a very minor charge, there are not many options to work with, so this charge is a pretty serious offense, and it fits the situation, so that's what was submitted."

The Pauls Valley school year is expected to begin as planned on Thursday, and there will be an increased police presence in and around the campus.

"All threats to our school or students are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly," said Superintendent Adam McPhail in a letter to parents. "We wanted you to have the facts so you can discuss them with your child and emphasize the seriousness of this issue."

 

Letter to Pauls Valley High School parents.