COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will be providing extra security at a school on the North Shore following an online threat.
According to police, administrators at Christ Episcopal School in Covington reached out to authorities after an email response to an event invite, sent to high school students and their parents, contained what was taken as a threat. The response was received Sunday evening and school administrators contacted police prior to school on Monday. The Sheriff's Office immediately began working with the school, developing plans to ensure the safety of the students, faculty and staff.
After speaking with police, School Headmaster John Morvant and Chairman of the School's Board of Trustees, Steve Croxton, decided to keep the school open.
Uniformed deputies have been and will continue to be on campus for the remainder of the school year.
"I want to reassure parents, faculty, staff and residents of St. Tammany Parish that the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is ready at all times to challenge any potential threat to public safety," Sheriff Randy Smith said.
"There is nothing of greater importance than our collective ability to safeguard and ensure the security of the students and the faculty and staff," Headmaster Morvant said. "Accordingly, any threat to the school – real, perceived, or merely a very bad prank – is taken with the utmost gravity and seriousness."
The investigation into the threat continues. If you have any information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-898-2338 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.