Students arrested in connection with Grace King HS threat

Chris Miller
February 22, 2018 - 2:18 pm

Jefferson Parish officials say students have been arrested in connection with a possible threat made against Grace King High School in Metairie.

"Two juvenile male students have been arrested for terrorizing in connection with a photograph that was shared via social media," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde. "The photograph showed one of the two students posing in front of a whiteboard with a drawing of him with the words 'future school shooter' above the drawing."

Rivarde says school administrators notified the sheriff's office this morning of the post. 

"The students were located and interviewed, and admitted to the circumstances of the post," Rivarde continued. "Both denied that they had any intention of committing any violent acts.  Searches were conducted at the homes of both students, and nothing was found that would indicate either student was planning a school shooting."

Rivarde said the sheriff's office takes any threats of violence made towards school seriously, and will investigate them to the fullest.

A school official told WWL-TV that the students in question will also face discipline in accordance with school board policy.

This comes after parents of students at Helen Cox High School in Harvey began picking their kids up this morning and taking them home after rumors of a threat began swirling. In that case, sheriff's officials say they investigated and found no credible threat. The sheriff's office says they believe today's rumor was in relation to an incident they investigated Tuesday. 

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