A 16-year-old male juvenile from Thibodaux has been charged in connection to a threat made regarding Assumption High School. The threat was deemed to not be credible.
At around 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from Assumption High School regarding a possible threat. Several students had shown a social media post which suggested someone was allegedly planning to “shoot up Assumption High School tomorrow.”
The threat was contained in a screenshot of what appeared to be a text message conversation, but investigators later learned it was orchestrated by the 16-year-old acting alone. The teen then posted the screenshot of the fake text message conversation to Snapchat. The screenshot was then circulated on other social media outlets.
On Thursday afternoon, detectives with Lafourche and Assumption Parishes worked to identify the teen suspect. Detectives questioned him, and he admitted to his role in the incident. He was charged with False Communication with the Intent to Cause an Emergency Response and placed into the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility in Thibodaux.
Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon reports that the Sheriff’s Office received notice today of a Facebook post which originated outside of Assumption Parish and which directed a threat towards Assumption High School.
Detectives from Assumption Parish are working with other parishes to thoroughly investigate and the jurisdiction where the post originated will take appropriate action.
We have determined that there is no imminent or credible threat to any of our educational institutions in Assumption Parish.
School Superintendent Jeremy Couvillion released the following statement:
“Today, we were made aware of the social media post in question and are working closely with law-enforcement to bring the matter to conclusion. We take the safety of all of our students and staff very serious and will take any and all necessary precautions to accomplish that mission.”
There will be additional law-enforcement presence at Assumption High tomorrow. Sheriff Falcon will issue any updates that are merited.
School will continue as scheduled.