SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A 16-year-old boy is behind bars after making threats to "shoot up" Salmen High School on social media.
Slidell Police were made aware of the threats on Sept. 9 that said there would be a shooting at Salmen High School, according to a release sent by the Slidell Police Department. Hundreds of students checked out of school that day because of the threats, according to police.
Investigators determined that the threats were not valid, but every precaution was taken to assure that everyone was safe said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.
"Regardless of whether or not this was a prank, it is being taken serious," Smith said. "The 16‐year-old will now have to face felony charges. I want this to be a strong message to everyone that we will not tolerate this type of behavior. You will get caught, and we will pursue severe criminal charges against you."
Police are not releasing the name of the suspect because he is a juvenile. The 16-year‐old is facing Terrorizing charges and is being held in the Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center.