Lake Charles, LA –


Yesterday afternoon, around 1:15 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified of an incident occurring at Washington-Marion High School.         


During the initial investigation it was discovered a fight occurred at the school between two students.  During the fight witnesses reported hearing someone mention a gun.  One of the students involved in the fight along with two other juveniles fled the school and the school was immediately placed on lockdown.  The three individuals who fled were quickly located near Rose Street in Lake Charles by the Lake Charles Police Department.   


During further investigation it was learned one of the students involved in the fight, who fled the scene, had been suspended from Washington-Marion earlier the same day for a previous fight.  It was also discovered one of the other juveniles who fled the school was not a student at Washington-Marion and previously attended LaGrange High School.  He was present during the fight and in possession of a pair of brass knuckles.  The third juvenile who fled the campus and was located by law enforcement was not involved in the altercation.     


Later the same evening, two of the juveniles ages 15 and 16, were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The 15 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and carrying a dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on school property.  The 16 year old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and disturbing the peace by fighting.     


The investigation revealed there was no firearm present during the altercation at the high school. 


Molo Middle School was placed on a precautionary lockdown due to the proximity to Washington-Marion High School. 


CPSO Detective Larry Cormier is the lead investigator on this case. 


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.