NOPD: Lusher student accused of terrorizing after online threats lead to lockdown

NOPD: Lusher student accused of terrorizing after online threats lead to lockdown
A student allegedly made a threat against Lusher Charter School on Monday night. (Source: WVUE)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A Lusher student was arrested on a terrorizing charge Tuesday (May 14), after online threats made the night before caused the charter school to be placed under heightened security, according to New Orleans police.

NOPD did not name the student or detail the threats, but said the juvenile has been transported to the Juvenile Justice Center to be booked accordingly.

The shelter in place status at the school was lifted Tuesday morning. School officials worked with police and others to find the student who allegedly made the threat.

“This student is not at school today and further discussions will take place with this child’s parents about his status during the remainder of this school year,” a Lusher representative said.

Below is a letter sent to parents on Tuesday:

Dear Lusher families:

We have received additional information this morning related to last night’s concerning social media posting.

After meeting with NOPD, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to place the Freret campus in a “shelter in place” status. There is no imminent threat at this time, however the “shelter in place” will further secure our perimeter and keep students inside the building, while allowing classes to continue as usual within the envelope of the building. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the Freret campus. We are following the procedures of our safety plan, developed with the help of Altaris Security Consultants.

The NOPD has provided a unit to the Freret campus.

We will notify you when the “shelter in place” is lifted.

This is referring to the Freret campus only. To be clear, there is not an imminent threat.

Safety for our community is of paramount concern.

We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Kathy Riedlinger

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