A 14-year-old Northside High student was arrested Tuesday for making a bomb threat to the high school on social media that led to Friday’s lockdown and lockdown, police said.
The boy was taken into custody at Lafayette Police Department headquarters after being interviewed by detectives and taken to the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Center, Lafayette police spokesman Sgt. Robin Green said.
The boy was also expelled, the Lafayette Parish School System said.
The model was arrested for terrorism for posting a bomb threat on Instagram. The exact wording of the threat was not released by police, but the post prompted students to walk off campus Friday and put the school on lockdown while officials investigated the threat.
A threat is when someone communicates that violence is imminent or in progress and that there is a danger to the lives of people “with the intention of maintaining public fear about your their safety,” will result in leakage or harm. public nuisance, according to federal law.
The maximum penalty is a $15,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison.
The Lafayette Parish School System said in a statement that the boy is the fourth student arrested this school year for threats of violence or threats made on social media.
The other three were arrested in early October; A Paul Breaux Middle student was arrested for falsely reporting guns on campus, and two Lafayette High students were arrested for social media threats that led to several lockdowns and calls for more campus security. the school.
The district warned the threats “are a serious crime with real consequences” that scare students and teachers, tie up emergency responders and cost students time off.
“The Lafayette Parish School System will continue to hold accountable anyone who engages in or shares a threat of violence or terrorism against a person or school,” the statement said. talk.
Green and the school district urged parents to monitor their children’s activity on social media accounts and be honest about potential threats to others or their school.
“I think parents should talk to their kids about doing this and thinking it’s just a joke. It’s going to have bad consequences and it’s going to be bad for them and their future. The kids don’t think about it. for their future, but parents should think about that,” he said.