The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two more students for posting threats via social media and text.
A 13-year-old Boyet Junior High School student was arrested Thursday (March 1) for LRS 14:40.1 Terrorizing after fellow students saw a photo she posted on SnapChat referencing herself as a school shooter.
In a separate incident, a 14-year-old Lee Road Junior High School student was also arrested Thursday (March 1) for LRS 14:40.1 Terrorizing after he sent some alarming text messages to a family member, referencing himself as a school shooter.
Both students were transported to Florida Parishes Detention Center, where they were booked.
Both threats were investigated and neither was deemed credible; however, as both Sheriff Randy Smith and St. Tammany Parish Public School Superintendent Trey Folsestressed following similar incidents earlier this week, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Tammany Parish Public School System will continue to take any and all threats at our schools seriously.
“We have zero tolerance when it comes to making threats. We take every potential threat seriously and must contact law enforcement every time one is made to ensure our students and staff are not in danger. Any threatening comments made verbally or posted on social media, even as a joke or made with no intention of actually carrying out a threat, will result in disciplinary action. This is a serious issue and it is disrupting our schools and the daily learning process. We are continuing to work closely with law enforcement, and we remain committed to making safety our first priority in our School System,” said Superintendent Folse.
"All threats will be investigated and enforcement action will be taken if warranted," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "Parents please speak with your children about how, in light of recent events, comments like the ones made by these two students and the others earlier this week, even if made in a joking manner, are nothing to joke about and could lead to criminal charges.”