Former Pratt school secretary accused in bomb threat makes court appearance

PRATT, Kan. (KWCH) Update - Thursday, Nov. 16:

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A Pratt woman accused of emailing a bomb threat to Pratt High School appeared in court Thursday.Claudia Rodriguez-Oviedo, 32, was a secretary at the school.

Thursday's appearance comes three days after Rodriguez-Oviedo's bond was set at $500,000 for one count of aggravated criminal threat and a second count of unlawful acts using a computer.

The former school secretary's appearance Thursday morning was brief. No action was taken to lower her bond nor to discuss her release.

Rodgriguez-Oviedo's next court appearance is set for Dec. 11. Her family says they know little about what happened, but more than anything, want to know how police determined she's the one who sent the threat.

The superintendent for the Pratt school district confirms Rodriguez-Ovideo is no longer employed with the district.


Update - Monday, Nov. 13

Eyewitness News has learned that the bond for a Pratt secretary accused of a bomb threat against the high school has been set at $500,000.

The information is posted on the Pratt County Sheriff's Office online site and inmate roster.

Claudia Rodriguez-Oviedo was arrested last week for aggravated criminal threat and unlawful use of computers.

She was listed as a secretary at Southwest Elementary school. Her photo has since been removed from the website.


The Pratt Police Department is releasing more details about what led to the arrest of a school secretary in connection with a school threat.

Police say on Nov. 6, staff members at Pratt High School received a bomb threat from a fake e-mail account.

School administrators contacted police and started a plan to evacuate the school and cancel school events.

On Nov. 7, Pratt police, the Kansas Highway Patrol and their canine partners, along with the help of Pratt school staff, searched of all Pratt school facilities and found no device as was indicated the email.

Community members like Cathy Abbott say the bomb threat comes at a time when both kids and adults are on edge.

"It came right after all the trauma after the shootings in Texas and its just sad somebody had to go pull it as a prank because it devastates the little kids that don't understand maybe its a joke and maybe it's not a joke," she said.

On Nov. 8, school officials and local enforcement officers identified 32-year-old Claudia Rodriguez-Oviedo as a suspect in the case. She was arrested and booked into the Pratt County Jail on felony charges of aggravated criminal threat and unlawful use of computers.

According to the Pratt Public Schools website, Rodriguez-Oviedo is a secretary at SW Elementary School.

"It makes you a little uncomfortable to think it might have been a school employee but until the investigation is done I'm not going to place blame," said Abbott.

Still, parents say they're happy the district took steps to make sure students and staff were safe.

"I think it's important to let our kids know they're safe at our schools and that they've got the best interest in mind."

Pratt County court officials say they have not determined a date for her first court appearance.