Parents on edge following school threats in Evangeline Parish

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VILLE PLATTE, La. (KLFY) – Parents of children who attend the various schools in Evangeline Parish spoke with News 10 about their concerns, and how they feel about sending their children back to school on Wednesday.

“I need to go to school to learn, because there’s nothing out here to do,” said Rachel Doucet, a junior at Ville Platte High. 

She’s been out of school since Monday morning when her sister came to pick her up. This after the school was placed on lockdown when someone threatened to come to the school and shoot people.

“They had cops all over Ville Platte High, they had a search yesterday in the morning to see if you had anything in your book sack or not,” said Doucet.

There’s been 6 total threats to schools throughout Evangeline Parish since Monday, forcing school board superintendent Darwan Lazard to cancel classes in the parish on Tuesday.

“You can’t trust to send your kids to school any more. To me, that’s not right. The kids are trying to learn and it not worth that you know,” said Johnny Freeman, Rachel’s father. 

Rachel’s parents say they’re a little apprehensive to send their daughter back to school on Wednesday, but say they are satisfied with how the district is taking extra precautions.

“I don’t know… If she want to go, I’m going to let her go. I just hope that no threats like that come again,” said Freeman.

As for Rachel, while she’s ready to head back to school, she remains a bit skeptical.

“I really am nervous,” she said.

All public schools in Evangeline Parish will be open on Wednesday, with police presence at every school as a precaution. 

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