Elementary and middle schools not immune to threats

Chris Miller
February 22, 2018 - 11:36 am

In addition to recent arrests of teenagers for threats to Thibodaux and South Lafourche high schools, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says it has also investigated reports of students and guns at Lockport Lower Elementary School and Larose-Cut Off Middle School.

In the Lockport case, the sheriff's office says it received a report of an 8-year-old student saying he planned to bring a gun to class.

"Investigators found the student did not have access to any firearms," according to an official statement "Due to the student’s age, the child was referred to the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Families in Need of Services Assistance Program and released to the custody of his parents."

Officials say a similar situation occurred at Larose-Cut Off.

"Parents of Larose-Cut Off Middle School students were informed via a letter that a student made a statement about bringing a weapon to school," according to officials. "Detectives conducted an investigation and found the 12-year-old male student was not in possession of any weapons nor did he have access to any weapons."

That student was also referred for mental counseling.

Sheriff Craig Webre urges people not to spread rumors, even if they think they're helping.

"People believe they are helping by telling others what they have heard," said Sheriff Webre. "In reality, spreading unverified information from unofficial sources does NOT help anyone and can easily create unnecessary panic. If you hear any rumor about a threat, contact the school or our office. We will properly investigate and, if necessary, pass on any credible threats or information to the public."

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