October 03, 2022  |  01:11 pm

A Mandeville-area boy has been arrested on a Menacing charge after admitting he told another student Monday (October 3) morning that he planned to blow up his school.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies were investigating rumors a 14-year-old Monteleone Junior High student had made threats to “shoot up” his school when the student in question admitted he had told another student he was going to “blow the school up.”  The teen told deputies he was just joking.

After it was determined he did not have access to any firearms or explosives, he was issued a summons for L.R.S. 40:1B Menacing (misdemeanor) and released to a family member on a custodial agreement to appear in court.

“We will continue to take threats like this very seriously,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said, “Parents, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making comments like this, even in a joking manner.”