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17-year-old PSJA student charged with terroristic threat

Joe Castro Lopez, 17, was charged with terroristic threat with intent to commit possible bodily injury, a third-degree felony.

Update: Joe Castro Lopez, 17, was charged with terroristic threat with intent to commit possible bodily injury, a third-degree felony.

San Juan police say Lopez made a fake profile account and posted a message on Thursday threatening to shoot students at a PSJA high school, where he is a junior. After interviewing him, police say Lopez confessed to posting the threat.

Lopez's bond was set at $250,000.

PSJA released this statement to CBS 4 News regarding Lopez's charge:

"This is a serious matter and will be dealt the harshest disciplinary consequences the law provides. We are pressing charges and if he is released from custody, he will be assigned to a disciplinary setting and will not be allowed to return to any PSJA campus. We are not taking any situation lightly. We ask for parents to please talk to their children about reporting any threatening posts to them, law enforcement or school officials. If you see it, report it. School safety is a shared responsibility."

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Original Story: An adult male student is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon after he admitted to posting a terroristic threat on Facebook, according to San Juan police Chief Juan Gonzalez.

The male student, who has not been identified, confessed to posting a message threatening to harm students at PSJA High School, according to Gonzalez.

Police, with the assistance of school district officials, began investigating the threat on Thursday and identified the suspect after conducting many interviews.

San Juan police say they take all threats seriously, adding that "those that choose to make threats will be identified and arrested."

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