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14-year-old arrested after threat, image of gun posted on social media

Tangipahoa Parish School System Tangipahoa Parish School System
HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) -

Tangipahoa Parish authorities have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with threats to a school made on social media.

The superintendent for Tangipahoa Parish schools said there is an increased police presence on campuses due to the threat.

Mark Kolwe would not get into specifics as to what type of threat, but if students chose to stay home Tuesday, it would not be marked as an absence.

Officers say the teenager posted a cartoon character with an AK-47, warning people not to attend school. Hammond Police say there was nothing in the cartoon that mentioned a shooting. They believe the teen pulled the cartoon off of the internet.

Holy Ghost Catholic School sent a mass media message to parents about the lockdown Tuesday morning.

Police made sweep of Hammond High School Monday evening out an abundance of caution. Officials did not find anything.

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