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> UPDATE: Second Lorena High School student arrested in alleged plot to kill administrator


A 17-year-old Lorena High School student was arrested Monday after she and at least one other student planned to kill a school administrator by poisoning him, an arrest affidavit states.

Kelly Lynn Praytor was arrested at school after she and another student were overheard talking about killing an assistant principal late last week. A teacher reportedly overheard the students’ conversation, became concerned and notified the administration, the arrest affidavit states.

“The teacher stated that the two were going into specific details on how to murder (the intended victim) and get away with it, such as poisoning him with an undetectable substance,” the arrest affidavit states.

The comments also were overheard by several students in a classroom. Administrators investigated the comments on behalf of the school and interviewed Praytor and the second student, and neither student denied making statements about planning the slaying.

“It was also found that comments were made about knowing where (the intended victim) lives as well as comments about his wife and kids,” the arrest affidavit states.

Both the administrator and teacher were alarmed by the students’ statements, and the administrator was fearful about the “level of planning” that the students had discussed, the affidavit states. The teacher told police that they were fearful of telling the administrator because of “the tone of such aggressiveness about hurting someone that they (would) possibly” hurt the teacher, according to the affidavit.

Lorena Independent School District Superintendent Joe Kucera said the school became aware of the reported threats last Friday and conducted an investigation.

“On Friday, we were made aware of an alleged threat toward an employee. We conducted a thorough investigation, and appropriate action was taken promptly,” Kucera said. “Our students and staff were not in any immediate danger and, as always, the safety of our students and staff are always our first priority.”

Lorena Police Chief Tom Dickson said there was no immediate threat to students or staff at the school. He said the investigation remains ongoing and an additional arrest may be made, pending further investigation.

Praytor was arrested and taken to McLennan County Jail on a Class B misdemeanor charge of terroristic threat. She posted a $1,000 surety bond and was released Monday.

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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