Snapchat threat closes Clayton High School

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CLAYTON, MO — Administrators are taking a threat posted to Snapchat seriously.  They are canceling classes at Clayton High School Monday morning.

The school tells parents that a 17-year-old posted a threat to a "CHS" school on Snapchat. That teen was later discovered to be a Clovis High School (CHS) student in New Mexico. The image of a person with a gun was posted last week.

It appears that there was no direct threat to Clayton High School. Several "CHS" schools across the country are dealing with the same issue.

It appears that a Clayton student recently reposted the image. The Clayton Police Department was notified by students and parents early Monday morning. The Clayton School District made the call to cancel classes at 2:30am.

This statement was posted to the school's website early Monday morning:

"Last night we became aware of a Snapchat post that made a direct threat to Clayton High School. Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing CHS and the Orange and Blue Rooms, today, Monday, April 9. We have been working with Clayton police throughout the night to investigate. However, given the timing and the limited amount of information we have at this point, the best way to ensure the safety of our students and staff is to close the campus. We do feel that this threat was specific to CHS and that there is no reason to close any of our other schools. However, we have asked our partners at the Clayton Police Department to have an increased presence at all of our schools today. We will update you once we have additional information."