Valhalla student in custody after school threat

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VALHALLA -

A Valhalla High School student is in custody after posting an apparent threat aimed at the school on Snapchat, according to police.

Mount Pleasant police say that a 16-year-old female student at the school sent a "snap" to a friend with a picture of the school, along with animation of a bomb going off. Officers say they got a call around 7 a.m. Monday from the friend's parent about the message. Investigators say the apparent threat was a prank.

Police did a complete search of the school before classes were scheduled to start for the day and found nothing. Classes started on time with extra security on hand.

Police say the teen is facing a charge of falsely reporting an incident, which is a class "D" felony.

The Valhalla School District released a statement, saying in part that it is “taking every precaution to ensure that our campuses are safe for students, staff and visitors. Social media is a powerful tool. Please assist us in being vigilant with your children and their interactions online. To keep our community safe, online threats will be taken seriously."

Police say the teen suspect was arraigned today and released on her own recognizance. She's due back in court Thursday.

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