BREAKING: LaGrange student charged with seven counts of terrorizing

Published 1:54 pm Monday, August 21, 2023

A 15-year-old LaGrange High School student has been arrested after allegedly making threats of shootings at other schools in Calcasieu Parish.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kayla Vincent said their office received a call at about 8 p.m. Sunday in reference to a threat of a shooting at LaGrange High School.

“During the investigation, CPSO received several more calls in reference to threats of shootings at other schools in Calcasieu Parish,” Vincent said.

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Those schools — according to a news release emailed at about 6:30 a.m. Monday morning — were Barbe High, LaGrange High, Washington-Marion High, Oak Park Middle, Oak Park Elementary and Brentwood Elementary.

Using law enforcement resources, Vincent said detectives were able to pinpoint the source of the threats that were being made over social media as the 15-year-old.

Vincent said at around noon Monday, detectives located the student at school and after speaking with him and his guardian, he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with seven counts of terrorizing.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said he is in constant communication with the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools and both have instituted a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish.

Every threat will be investigated and arrests will be made when warranted.

“If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” Mancuso said. “This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.  The safety of our children and faculty is always our top priority.”