NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 15-year-old Isidore Newman High School student was arrested Thursday after police say he posted threatening messages on social media.
Classes at Newman were canceled Thursday and parent-teacher conferences were also called off Friday as a safety measure, according to a statement from the school.
Police say around 8:30 a.m. officers were informed by the school of a possible threat via social media.
Officers went to the school and learned that on Wednesday, a 15-year-old male identified as a current student posted a picture on Snapchat displaying several weapons on a bed with a statement reading, "Don't come to school tomorrow."
The post was shared with several of the juvenile's friends. Newman school officials were notified of the online post Wednesday evening and chose to cancel classes March 30 and March 31.
Newman released a statement saying, "Last night we learned that posted on social media was a threat of violence at our School. We worked through the night with a core administrative team and with our threat assessment consultant to evaluate alternatives and make decisions. We also are working with NOPD. We wanted you to have this information as soon as possible."
We have identified the person responsible for the posting and have taken steps to contain the risk. However, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel school on Thursday and to cancel parent conferences on Friday. The safety of our students, families, and teachers remains our top priority. Thanks for your understanding and support.
As the investigation progressed, NOPD detectives located the juvenile at his residence where he was arrested. A search warrant was obtained an executed at which time three rifles and one shotgun were located inside the home.
The weapons, which matched those in the photo displayed online, were found to be owned by the juvenile's father.
The juvenile was arrested and will be charged with one count of each of terrorizing, intimidation and interference in the operation of schools.