Two cases of weapons on being brought on school campuses lead to quick responses from law enforcement and school officials.
According to the Lafayette Police Department, at 8:10 AM on Monday, police responded to a call of a knife on campus at Alice Boucher Elementary. One school resource officers along with the administration recovered a knife with a seven inch blade from a student. It is unclear why the child brought the weapon on campus, but the blade never left the child's backpack. Sergeant Mark Francis said the school system will handle disciplinary actions internally.
"The child is less than ten years of age, so the school system will handle it because he is too young to be charged with a crime in the state of Louisiana."
An hour later, police responded to another school in the parish; this time regarding a gun at N.P. Moss Annex.
"Witnesses say the young man brandished a handgun of unknown type. He was walking from building to building looking for a particular student. The school was immediately placed on lockdown when the administrators were made aware of the situation," said Francis.
A suspect described as a medium build, black male wearing khaki pants and a white hooded sweat shirt, soon fled the area. He was seen leaving in a late-model blue and silver Chevrolet truck, driven by a middle aged man. The suspect is believed to be a student in Lafayette Parish. No one was injured and the suspect did not enter any classrooms. According to Francis, the suspect was involved in an altercation earlier in the week involving multiple students at different schools in the parish. Police are not releasing the identity of the suspect.
Assistant Superintendent Sandra Billeaudeau commended the staff at both schools, along with the police department for their quick response in both incidents.
"We kept over 600 students safe and the staff and faculty. The principals must be commended, along with the police. They were very responsive and in control. I'm very thankful that nothing of great tragedy happened."
Police are asking anyone with information about the suspect to contact Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
LPD Responds to Schools Regarding Weapons
Lafayette Police responded to two separate incidents of weapons on campus at two separate schools.
At approximately 8:10 am this morning, Lafayette Police were contacted by administrators at Alice Boucher Elementary School regarding a knife being brought onto campus. A student informed a staff member at the school that a child under the age of 10 had carried a knife onto campus in a book sack. Administrators located the student and recovered the knife immediately. The knife, which had a 7" blade, was turned over to Police. The child was turned over to the parents. School officials are handling the incident.
At approximately 9:10 am, Lafayette Police working at the N. P. Moss Annex were alerted by the staff of a suspect on campus with a handgun. The staff member advised that he observed a black male wearing khaki pants, a white hooded sweat shirt and carrying a handgun walking on campus. Upon being seen, the suspect fled the area by climbing into a late model blue Chevrolet pickup truck. The campus was placed on lock down. Officers are currently attempting to identify the suspect.
The campus has returned to normal operations with School Resource Officers present. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the suspect to contact Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.