ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputies took three students into custody for making separate threats to two schools in the Slidell area.
According to police, a 14-year-old male was arrested at Clearwood Junior High School after telling a teacher that he was going to bring a gun to school to shoot her and his classmates. He then said in front of the teachers and the classmates that he would "shoot up the school."
St. Tammany Deputies were contacted by the school and the juvenile was transported to the Florida Parishes Juvenile Center and booked with terrorizing.
At the same school, a 12-year-old male student was overheard in a hallway saying that he was going to bring a gun to school and shoot another student. A teacher overheard what the student said and the sheriff's department was contacted. The student was issued a summons for simple assault and released into the custody of a family member.
At Boyet Junior High School, a 15-year-old female was arrested for terrorizing. In a video, posted on SnapChat, stated that a murder, homicide and suicide will take place at the school and she threatened kill people. Slidell Police were notified of the video and contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department. The student was brought to the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center and booked.
Authorities did not located any weapons at either school. The three students will also be sent for expulsion hearings.
"We will continue to actively investigate and take enforcement action whenever necessary in these cases, but we need parents' help," St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said. "Talk to your children about the seriousness of making threats and statements that can be perceived as threats. If you or your child hears of a potential threat or sees one posted on social media, please call 911, and do not help to spread rumors by sharing and posting hearsay on social media."
"I want to encourage parents to talk to their children to let them know that making a threat, even in a joking or casual manner or on social media, will not be tolerated. The safety of students and staff is our priority, so each of these situations must be considered potential threats and have to be taken very seriously. Students must understand that we will contact law enforcement and there will be serious consequences," said St. Tammany Parish School Superintendent Trey Folse.?