October 06, 2022  |  02:02 pm

A Lee Road-area girl was arrested Thursday (October 6) on a misdemeanor menacing charge after telling classmates she was going to bring a gun to school and shoot another classmate.

Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office became aware of the incident after a parent of one of the classmates contacted school administrators.

The 10-year-old Lee Road Junior High student was issued a summons for L.R.S. 40:1B Menacing (misdemeanor). After it was determined she did not have access to any firearms, she wasreleased to a parent on a custodial agreement to appear in court.

“We have made it very clear that threats like this will be taken seriously,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said.  “We will continue to work with our schools and investigate any and all threats made at our schools or to the students and faculty who attend them.”