By Giles Hudson, CBS 11 News

FERRIS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 17-year-old Ferris High School student is in jail, accused of trying to hire someone to kill his girlfriend.

The student, Steve Pierot, is being held at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Ellis County on charges of conspiracy to commit capital murder and criminal solicitation of a minor.

Pierot, who lives in Red Oak, was arrested last Thursday, and is being held on $100,000 in bonds stemming from the two counts.

Ferris ISD Superintendent Mike Bodine declined comment directly, citing the pending investigation. He did tell CBS 11 the threat was limited to the girl involved.

Ferris ISD Police Chief Corey Morrison did not return a call seeking comment.

As to the general issues of campus safety, Bodine said “We’re always vigilant and we pay attention to threats and deal with them according to our discipline management plan in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Bodine said the investigation has been turned over the Ellis County District Attorney’s office.  The district first became aware of the threat around February 23, a day before the arrest.

Bodine said he was not sending home a letter with parents about the incident.