Calcasieu Parish officials warn zero tolerance for campus threats, two teens charged

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KLFY)- The Calcasieu Parish School Board said it has handled several incidents of potentially “threatening behavior” this week on some of its campuses or through social media.

“While no weapons were found on any of our campuses, every case was fully investigated and taken very seriously,” the school board said today.

None of these cases necessitated a lockdown of the school, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

As of today, a 15-year-old student from Sam Houston High School has been arrested. She has been charged with terrorizing.  A warrant for terrorizing has been issued for a 13-year-old boy at Vinton Middle School. 

The investigations are continuing and if arrests are made, the Sheriff’s Office will release the name of the school at that time.

Any person, including students, making threatening comments, writings, or actions towards any of our schools will be met with immediate action by law enforcement and maximum disciplinary action allowed under Calcasieu Parish School Board policy. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff will always be our number one priority. We want to assure parents and guardians that our campuses are safe places for students, and that will always be our primary focus.

Both the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish School Board say they have enacted a “zero tolerance approach” to any such behavior.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools said they are in constant communication and both have instituted a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish. 

            If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso.  “Everyone is on high alert due to the past school shootings around the country.  This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.  I encourage anyone, whether it be a student, teacher, school personnel or parents to report any threats you hear about or read about on social media.  The safety of our children is always our top priority.”

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