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Pope John Paul student charged in Father Ryan threat

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Police arrested a Pope John Paul II High School student who is accused of posting an online threat targeting Father Ryan High School.

Father Ryan High canceled classes Friday but President Jim McIntyre said all on and off campus school activities that are scheduled for Friday and the weekend will be held as scheduled. Classes at the school will resume on Monday.

Authorities on Thursday learned of the threat after someone who lives out of state reported to the FBI tip line that they saw the threat, according to Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron.

Investigators at the FBI office in Washington then notified FBI agents in Tennessee, who subsequently notified Metro police.

It was determined that the threat was posted by a 16-year-old junior who attends Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, TN. The student, who has been charged with false reporting, admitted to posting the threat but said he did it as a prank.

Hendersonville police said it "appears that the juvenile did not appear to have the intent or ability to follow through with the posted threat."

Hendersonville police said they are working with Metro police to confirm there was no plan of violence.

"Let me say the FBI nor the police department take this as a prank, given the events of this week and recent times. We take such postings on the internet very, very seriously," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron.

Detectives took the juvenile into custody and he will be detained at Sumner County Juvenile Detention pending a hearing scheduled for April 30.

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