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Local teacher accused of making 'threats of terror'

Leslie McGourty (Photo: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says a local teacher has been accused of making threats of terror. Police determined there was enough evidence to arrest her.

It was reported around 10:05 a.m. on Wednesday.

Investigators say the teacher is an employee at Bonanza High School. She has been placed on leave while the investigation is ongoing.

Booking records indicate Leslie McGourty was arrested on suspicion of making a threat or false information regarding an act of terrorism.

LVMPD released a booking photo of McGourty Thursday morning, but a spokesman said they would not be releasing any other details on the case.

Joe Petrie, the principal of Bonanza High, wrote to parents in a letter saying officers contacted a teacher "on a non-school related matter."

"Please know that this is a police investigation and, as school officials, we do not have additional information to share," the letter says. "Any information regarding the investigation will have to come from Metro."

Bonanza High School also sent out a letter to parents about this case:

Hi, this is Joe Petrie, Principal of Bonanza High School. In an effort to keep you informed of important issues happening within our school community, many of you may have seen media reports or heard from our students pertaining to law enforcement officers being on our campus today. I wanted to let you know that officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were on campus today and contacted one of our teachers today on a nonschool related matter. Please know that this is a police investigation and, as school officials, we do not have additional information to share. Any information regarding the investigation will have to come from Metro. However, if you have questions or concerns about your child, please call our office at 702-799-4000. Our school is committed to providing quality instruction and will ensure that our students continue receiving an excellent education and we appreciate your support.

This is a developing story.

Check back for updates.

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