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'There's nothing funny about it': Beaumont police chief warns others after Kelly High School threat

Witnesses say a former student threatened to "shoot up" Kelly High School during a visit last week.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Beaumont Police Chief Jim Singletary is not playing around when it comes to school threats.

On Tuesday, BPD arrested Christian Guillory, 18, for making a terroristic threat toward Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School.

Witnesses say he threatened to "Shoot up" the school during a visit to the school on August 14. 

"We don't think it's funny, there's nothing funny about it," said Singletary. "Beaumont PD is going to take it serious."

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According to a probable cause affidavit, investigators say Guillory told multiple people that he had an assault type rifle and would come back and shoot up the school as he left the campus. 

Singletary said "Our detectives determined that these threats were serious enough to go to the district attorney's office to file charges on this gentleman."

Beaumont Police and administrators worked together for multiple days following the incident to find out if these these statements were true, according to Chief Singletary.

On Tuesday, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and BPD agreed that charges needed to be filed.

A day later, Guillory was arrested and placed in the Jefferson County Jail on a $25,000 bond. 

12News reached out to Kelly High School's principal, Roger Bemis, who said this over the phone:

"I'm so thankful for the Beaumont Police department, for their cooperation and response in this whole situation. Campus security is always a concern of ours and we have various processes in place for visitors to check in."

Bemis didn't go into detail when asked about the current policy for visitors or if they'll make changes to it.

Guillory has since been released from jail.

Chief Singletary says this situation should serve as lesson for everyone.

"Let the parents and students know that this is not going to be tolerated, this is not funny," said Singletary. "Whether he was serious or not, he violated the law and put a lot of people in peril."

Chief Singletary did not comment on whether any weapons were found in Guillory's possession when he was arrested. 

Guillory, who is a former student at Kelly HS, has since been released from jail.

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