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Thibodaux police make arrest after threat to schools, city buildings

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Thibodaux, La. - A line of parents formed outside Thibodaux Elementary, many anxious to hug their children after a tense morning.

"Relief that they're coming home in one piece," said one parent.

It all started around 8:45 Tuesday morning when 911 dispatchers got a call from a man who sounded angry.  Investigators say he made threats against the Thibodaux Police Department and Lafourche Parish schools.

"We began to question him and he just says y'all are going to figure it out," says Detective David Melancon of Thibodaux Police.

Police announced Tuesday evening they had arrested 45-year-old Donald Brooks of Thibodaux and charged him with terrorizing and communicating false information of planned arson.

"A coordinated effort between the Thibodaux Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies led Police to Donald Brooks," reads a press release from Thibodaux police. "Brooks was scheduled to appear in court today for child support. Police were able to link the phone used by the anonymous caller to Donald Brooks. Donald Brooks was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 in bonds "

The city and district courthouses were immediately evacuated and all schools from Thibodaux to Golden Meadow put on lockdown.

"I've been with the school district for 27 years and this is the first time I can remember all schools being under lockdown," says Floyd Benoit, spokesman for Lafourche Parish Schools. "We had every school in our parish under lockdown this morning as of about 9:30."

The lockdown was lifted by lunchtime.  Students at the 11 schools around Thibodaux were dismissed so bomb-sniffing dogs could search the campuses.

Detectives in Thibodaux got help from other agencies at the local, state and federal level.

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