Pratt elementary secretary arrested for bomb threat that closed schools

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PRATT, Kan. (KAKE) -

Pratt police have released the name of a woman who was arrested in connection to a bomb threat that prompted the district to cancel classes on Tuesday. 

Pratt Superintendent Suzan Patton said police informed the district Wednesday morning of developments that led to an arrest in the case. Pratt police confirmed Thursday that 32-year-old Claudia Rodriguez-Oviedo, a secretary at Pratt's Southwest Elementary, was arrested.

Rodriguez-Oviedo was booked Wednesday morning for aggravated criminal threat (cause terror, evacuation or disruption) and computer unlawful acts (access without authorization with damage). She has been removed from the district's website. 

"Pratt High School received a bomb threat from an unidentified person(s) through a fictitious e-mail account," Det. Jeff Ward said in a news release. "In response, school administrators contacted officers of the Pratt Police Department and began planning for the evacuation of school students and staff and the cancellation of school events."

Law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon deemed the district's buildings safe and the threat unfounded. Classes resumed in Wednesday. 

Patton released the following statement on Wednesday:


The Pratt Police Department informed us this morning that late-night developments led to an arrest in the case of the November 6th threat. At this time, we have no other information to share. This is an active investigation, and we are not at liberty to answer any questions.

I know your children will have questions and concerns. Please assure them that they are safe and secure. School employees are always vigilant in protecting them. In addition, let them know we trust our public officers to protect them and act in their best interests.

I want to thank Detective Jeff Ward and Officer James Sheldon for their assistance on this case. Their patience and expertise were invaluable.

I also want to thank our technology director and the principals. Their insight and assistance in this situation made my job easier. They are exemplary teammates and did a fantastic job throughout the process.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, but please remember we cannot comment on pending investigations. The police department will be in charge of any future press releases regarding the case.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding. Our top priority is safety, and we will never waiver from that focus. Our schools are wonderful places for kids to learn and grow. I’m happy to report we can continue to provide a topnotch education for them.

Suzan Patton

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