A Bruceville-Eddy High School student was arrested at the school Thursday after authorities say he threatened fellow students.

Police arrested Seth Jacob Taylor, 17, on Thursday afternoon after school officials said he made a verbal threat to students late Wednesday afternoon. District Superintendent Richard Kilgore said the high school student made the threat shortly before school was released Wednesday, and administrators immediately investigated the threat.

Bruceville-Eddy police Sgt. Kenneth Proctor said school officials contacted police Thursday and believed the threat included shooting students at the campus. Police interviewed Taylor, who did not have a weapon on him, and took him into custody without incident, Proctor said.

Kilgore said school officials notified parents Friday afternoon about the threat and the student's arrest. He said the school appreciates the assistance from local police and everyone who acted quickly to address any potential threat.

A rumor about an unsubstantiated safety concern unrelated to Taylor's arrest had circulated at the high school earlier this week, Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Bill McLean said.

There was no indication of a safety concern for students in the earlier threat, but about a third of the 200-person high school population was reportedly absent from school Tuesday, McLean said. Kilgore also told parents the student's arrest Thursday was unrelated to the previous threat.

McLean said police increased patrols around the district throughout the week to ensure student safety.

Taylor was arrested Thursday and taken to McLennan County Jail on a Class C misdemeanor charge of terroristic threat. He posted bond listed at $1,000 and was released from custody Friday morning.

Police continued to investigate the incident Friday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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