The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of A 14-year old who posted a threatening video referencing Woodlawn High School last week.
Deputies initially responded to a call Friday afternoon to investigate a possible threat at the school. According to reports, a student contacted an administrator in reference to a video she received via IPhone airdrop.
The video appeared to be a video game showing people standing in front of a building when a gun appears and shooting begins. The caption read “be ready Woodlawn.” As a precaution additional deputies were placed at the school though no additional threats were made beyond what appears to be a possible copycat video.
Deputies immediately began conducting an investigation which revealed the same video was used in a different venue with another caption. Monday morning deputies were also informed that the video was posted on Instagram on August 30th with the Woodlawn caption.
The video was viewed by numerous people between the 30th and September 3rd which caused a great deal of alarm. Through the investigation, with the assistance of the FBI, deputies were able to receive the subscriber information for the post which came back to a 14-year-old Woodlawn High School student.
Deputies interviewed the student who stated that she posted it for “awareness” rather than notifying school administration. She is charged with LRS 14.40.1 Terrorizing and was booked into Juvenile Detention.
“I commend the student that came forward and notified administrators,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “While we did not receive any additional information pertaining to a valid threat, we want to treat any perceived danger with the utmost caution. We must maintain the safety of our schools, our children and our teachers.”
Students with information concerning this incident or similar incidents are encouraged to notify a school administrator, contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867. Students can also text “CS225” plus their message to CRIMES (274637).