UNO president releases statement after student charged with terrorizing

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The University of New Orleans President released a statement after a student was arrested and charged with terrorizing. 

The New Orleans Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Nicholas Heard Monday morning on a terrorizing charge.

Heard is accused of making direct threats to fellow students attending UNO and said that he would shoot several people on campus, according to NOPD.

NOPD VOWS officers arrested Heard shortly after announcing the warrant for his arrest.

The University of New Orleans canceled classes Monday until 5 p.m. due to the threats made against the school.

President John Nicklow released the following statement after the arrest was made:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Whenever the welfare of our campus community is threatened, it can be stressful and worrisome for everyone involved. In spite of that, I am enormously proud of the way our city and university community banded together during this difficult time. Please know that the safety of our students, employees and visitors is always paramount.

I would like to thank all of the law enforcement officials who were instrumental in resolving and managing this situation. From our own UNOPD, to the New Orleans Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as officers from the Levee District Police and those from fellow college campuses, including Delgado, SUNO and Xavier.

I am also grateful to our students for their patience, cooperation and even words of encouragement that some offered during this ordeal. As a college president, I don’t look forward to these days, but I am reassured by the spirit of teamwork and selflessness that emerged during the past 24 hours. Thanks to each of you.

UNO Proud,

John Nicklow
President
The University of New Orleans

Another statement regarding when classes would resume was also released to faculty and students:

The New Orleans Police Department reports that the student suspected of making violent threats is now in police custody. The UNO Police Department is confident in saying that there is no longer a threat to campus. Classes and regular activities will resume today at 5 p.m. We will make our best efforts to try to re-establish campus dining service this morning as soon as possible. We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation during this time.

Schools officials will continue to issue alerts with any possible changes or updates. Officials say that the safety of the students and employees is their top priority.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Third District detectives at 658-6030 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-7867.

Anyone who needs to report emergencies to the UNO Police Department can do so by dialing 504-280-6666.

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