Lake Charles –
Last night, August 20, at approximately 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call 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. Using law enforcement resources CPSO detectives were able to pinpoint the source of the threats that were being made over social media as a 15 year old LaGrange student. Earlier today, around noon, 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 7 counts of terrorizing.
Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools are in constant communication 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,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “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.”
CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on this case. The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted CPSO with the investigation.
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.