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Sumner Co. Teen Charged In Father Ryan Threat

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NASHVLLE, Tenn. – Authorities have charged a student in Sumner County in connection with an online threat that prompted a Nashville private school to cancel classes on Friday.

The 16-year-old was taken into custody Friday morning and charged in juvenile court with false reporting in connection with the online threat directed at Father Ryan High School in Nashville.

Police said the junior at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville used a computer at the school to post the threat, which he told police was a prank.

"Our student life office with the assistance of our students quickly uncovered the name of the student," said Faustin Weber, Headmaster at Pope John Paul II. "That student was then isolated and secured to ensure the safety of our students. Our dean accompanied their family to the police."

Hendersonville Police said the teen did not have the intent or ability to follow through with the threat, but they are working with Metro Police to confirm there was no plan of violence. 

The teen was held in Sumner County Juvenile Detention pending a hearing on April 30.

A citizen called the FBI tip line about the threat and special agents notified the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

Metro Police notified staff at Father Ryan late Thursday night, who decided to cancel school on Friday as a precaution.

Father Ryan's President Jim McIntyre released an updated statement on their website saying "We are pleased to announce that authorities have detained the individual who had made the online threat to Father Ryan. The threat did not originate from within the Father Ryan community."

McIntyre said all after-school activities for Friday and this weekend will go on as scheduled, and classes will resume Monday. 

His statement went on to say "In addition, we remind our students and families of the power of social media, and encourage all of you to continue to reflect the mission of our school in any and all communications.

"As we wrote to you earlier this morning, we believe in the enduring power of prayer.   In light of the events taking place in Boston today, we ask for those prayers--for our community, for this individual and for the peace that all of us desire for our families and our world."

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