Las Vegas police arrested a 56-year-old former employee of a private Catholic school early Monday after a threatening voicemail prompted administrators to cancel classes.
Todd Pomeroy was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on three counts of threatening to cause bodily harm or death to a pupil or school employee by means of oral, written or electronic communication, according to Las Vegas police.
“The threat was not made to the school, nor was it made about its students, but it was made directly to the school’s administration,” Catherine Thompson, superintendent of Catholic schools, said at a Monday news conference.
After listening to the voicemail, St. Viator Catholic School staffers immediately contacted Las Vegas police, then alerted parents about 6:30 a.m. by email, voice message and text message that classes had been canceled, Thompson said. The school is located at 4246 Eastern Ave.
According to a statement from the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas, Pomeroy “has not worked at the school for a number of years.”
A school brochure dated February 2017 identified Pomeroy as a St. Viator physical education teacher and athletic director. It remains unclear when he left the school or why.
“The message was threatening in nature specific to St. Viator Catholic School,” the diocese said in its statement. “Our Director of Security immediately contacted law enforcement. In these instances, we always err to the side of caution, so he directed the school to cancel classes for the safety of our students and staff.”
The nature of the threat remains unclear. The diocese declined to comment further, citing the Metropolitan Police Department’s ongoing investigation.
A request for comment from the school’s principal, Tracy Brunelle, was not answered.
In a 2016 school brochure published the week of Thanksgiving, Pomeroy said he was grateful “for the staff and families at St. Viator.”
“We have a great community that pulls together year-round for the betterment of the school and students,” Pomeroy’s quote continued. “The Lord has blessed me with so much!”
Thompson said classes will resume Tuesday.
“We will have added security,” she said. “I know we’ll continue to have a Metro presence there as well.”
Thompson also thanked police for their reassuring presence Monday.
“We were so grateful for their rapid response,” she said.