Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Lafourche Parish Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jo Ann Matthews announced two (2) South Lafourche High School students have been charged after a bomb threat at the school. On Monday, December 7, detectives responded to the school after writing was discovered in a boy’s restroom at the school indicating the threat of a bomb being detonated on Tuesday, December 8. Detectives identified two male students (ages 14, 16) as the suspects and questioned them about the threat. Following the investigation, detectives determined the threat was not credible and both boys were taken into custody. Each of the boys was charged with Communicating of False Information of Planned Bombing on School Property (R.S. 14:54.6), and they were placed at the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility in Thibodaux.
This is the second bomb threat at a Lafourche Parish high school in one week. Three Central Lafourche High School students face the same charge following a similar incident at their school on December 1.
Superintendent Dr. Matthews said there is zero tolerance for such behavior. “We cannot and will not tolerate students threatening the lives of other students, faculty and staff – regardless if the threat is credible or not,” said Dr. Matthews. “We will always work with the Sheriff’s Office to ensure the guilty parties are discovered, and if recent history is any indication, students should already know they will not get away with this type of behavior.”
Sheriff Webre echoed Dr. Matthews comments. “As investigators, we take every threat seriously, especially when hundreds of lives are at stake” said Webre. “Whether a threat is made to avoid an exam, get out of class, or to terrorize, students must realize that these are criminal acts, not simply violation of school rules or policies. Yes, you may face expulsion or other disciplinary actions from the school, but you will also face criminal charges, and I assure you, we will work diligently to ensure you answer for your actions.”
When committed by an individual under the age of 17, such as in these cases, proceedings are regulated by the Louisiana Children’s Code. If an offender is 17 years of age or older, they will be charged as an adult and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of making a bomb threat at a school.