Westlake High student arrested, accused of making threats

Holden Cooper Smith

A 17-year-old Westlake High School student was arrested Thursday after making a “potentially threatening social media post,” authorities said.

The principal of the school said administrators took immediate action when they were notified Thursday morning of the post.

According to an arrest affidavit, Holden Cooper Smith posted a photo on Snapchat on Wednesday night around 9:40 p.m. showing a broken down assault-type rifle inside a backpack with the caption: “ready for school.”

The Snap was seen by a student who attends Hays High School in Buda, Texas. The Hays High student believed the person who posted the photo was a Westlake High student. The student called authorities because she and other students at the school were “in fear that someone was going to come and shoot up the school,” according to the affidavit. 

School resource officers took Smith into custody and determined he did not have a weapon on-campus. Smith told authorities he posted the photo as a joke and “did not mean anything by it.” 

“At this time, we have no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to our students and staff,” wrote Principal Steve Ramsey. 

Because of the Snapchat photo, the police presence at Hays High School was increased. 

In nearby Austin ISD, Reagan High School has had three threats made against the school in the past week.

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