Threatening Snapchat post causes false alarm at Clayton High School

The social media threat that prompted Clayton school officials to close the high school Monday turned out to be a false alarm, according to Superintendent Sean Doherty.

School officials determined Monday afternoon that the Snapchat post was not directed at Clayton High, but a re-post referring to Clovis High School in New Mexico.

The image showed a person with a gun and referenced the acronym “CHS”.

“We have since determined that the post was not a direct threat to our high school. The original Snapchat post, which showed an image of a person with a gun and referenced “CHS,” was made last week by a 17-year-old Clovis High School (CHS) student in New Mexico,” Doherty said in a statement released Monday afternoon. “A number of school districts across the country with high schools identified as “CHS” have been addressing this same issue this morning. While we are still investigating why one of our students would choose to repost that image, our partners at the Clayton Police Department have assured us there was never a direct threat to Clayton High School.”

The decision to close the high school was based on information the school district and the Clayton Police Department received early Monday morning. According to the statement, students and parents brought the social media post to the attention of the Clayton Police Department and District administrators around 2:30 a.m.

“A few hours later, at the time we needed to make the decision to close school, we still believed this post to be a direct threat to Clayton High School,” Doherty said in the statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we closed school, as we will always make decisions to ensure Clayton High School continues to be a safe place to learn and work.”

No other schools in the district were closed Monday, but officials did have extra police patrols at each school throughout the day.

“This incident reinforces the importance of how we are all partners in keeping our learning community safe,” Doherty said in the statement. “However, if you see or hear something concerning, you should always share that concern with the police or a District administrator as opposed to posting the concern to social media.”

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