Father, son arrested after threats made against school

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A father and his son are facing charges after police say the teen made terrorizing threats against his school.

The NOPD says a 14-year-old Lusher Charter student told several fellow students Thursday that he was going to shoot up the school. Because of that threat, police say some students didn't go to class Monday morning.

"My son is in the same grade as the child, and I have a daughter in 11th grade, and this morning they had exams and I did have a little knot in the pit of my stomach when I dropped them off," said Lusher parent Melanie Routt.

When the threat was made Thursday, police say the Lusher staff immediately notified them. Investigators worked to locate the student, but we're told the boy's father, 52-year-old Arthur Johnston, refused to cooperate.

"Initially, the father did make arrangements to meet with us, but then he declined. After several more conversations, he explicitly stated he was not turning his son in to the New Orleans Police Department. At that time our officers did obtain a warrant for the father's arrest," said NOPD Second District Commander, Shaun Ferguson.

Police say they executed a search warrant at the family's home where they found several handguns, rifles, and shotguns, as well as drugs and paraphernalia. The NOPD says the teen's mother turned her son in Monday and Johnston showed up at the Second District police station with his attorney to do the same.

"We believe the threat has been contained, we believe he was acting alone," said Commander Ferguson.

Johnston is now facing charges of accessory after the fact to terrorizing threats, making threats against New Orleans police officers and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while being in possession of firearms.

His son will be charged with making terrorizing threats against a school.

"It's a sad situation and hopefully he can move on with his life and something good will come out of it, glad everyone is safe," said Routt.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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