14-year-old jailed for threats against Houma Jr. High

14-year-old jailed for threats against Houma Jr. High

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - A 14-year-old was arrested Friday for making threats on social media against people at Houma Junior High School.

Major Malcolm Wolfe for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office says detectives received a complaint of a student posting threats on social media of shooting at a local Junior High School on the first day of school.

After receiving the complaint from a concerned parent, detectives verified that there was a threat posted on social media of a student threatening to carry out a shooting on the first day of school.

"There was no one named in particular, but it was said he would go to school on the first day of school and shoot two people," Maj. Wolfe said.

Houma Junior High begins August 8th, Wolfe said if the threat came during the school year, the campus likely would have to be evacuated before classes could resume.

Wolfe said the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office doesn't take threats lightly and is already preparing education staff for a worst case scenario.

"We spend hours throughout the whole month of June every year with training for the teachers for active shooting, so this is not something we can take very lightly," Maj. Wolfe said.

Detectives located the mother of the 14-year-old child and the male juvenile. They were taken to the Sheriff's Office where the investigation continued. The juvenile admitted to posting the comments but said that he did not mean it and was only being funny.

"Someone can say that this was a joke, but what happens if we ignore it and it is carried out? That's not something that we can sit back to wait and see if a person is serious about this or it's a joke. Terrorizing is a crime and in this day and age it's a very serious crime," Wolfe said.

The Houma Jr. High student was arrested for Terrorizing and transported to the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Justice Center.

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