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Sheriff’s Office: 14-year-old threatens shooting at Starks High School

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 11:12 AM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - A 14-year-old student was arrested Wednesday after allegedly threatening a shooting at Starks High School, officials said.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible threat on social media around 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to spokeswoman Kayla Vincent.

“If somebody posts something on social media - which by the way we monitor - if they post something on social media that we think is a threat, we’re going to go knock on their door,” Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory said. “And if we can prove they made the threat and it came from them, we’re going to arrest them.”

This is the second arrest made this week by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office regarding school threats. The first was made at Moss Bluff Middle School. Then Starks High School later this week.

Guillory said the two students have been booked into the juvenile detention center. A 13-year-old from Moss Bluff Middle School is charged with terrorizing and drug possession. Now, a 14-year-old from Starks High School is facing a terrorizing charge after he allegedly threatened a school shooting.

“They both made serious threats towards their school and toward their fellow students, and that’s uncalled for,” Guillory said. “They shouldn’t have to do that.”

The situation has caused some uproar from residents in Stark.

“Every single kid on that campus would have been a sitting duck, because they had no clue that there was even a threat. And half of the parents didn’t know,” Starks High School graduate Jadelyn Marcantel said. “So, he could have walked on campus, carefree, with his backpack, just like another day and nobody would have ever thought any different until he opened fire.”

Marcantel’s younger sister is classmates with the suspect.

“Nothing was said. Parents were not notified. Students did not know,” Marcantel said. “Nothing was brought up, whatsoever, about there ever being a threat.”

The Calcasieu Parish School Board, which can’t release specific information regarding the case, said it’s not always possible or necessary to immediately notify parents.

The Calcasieu School Board released the following statement:

“The Calcasieu Parish School Board takes any and all reports of threats seriously, whether they appear to be credible or not. These situations are always fully investigated by both our personnel and law enforcement agencies. If information is obtained regarding potentially threatening behavior towards a specific school or schools, parents and guardians are notified if the situation allows. These situations are very fluid, and legally we cannot release information regarding what disciplinary action was or was not taken against a student. It is important to remember that the presence of social media in our society escalates these situations and allows for rumors to spread quickly, even if there are no supporting facts. We urge parents to talk to their children about the importance of reporting potentially threatening behavior to an adult in lieu of spreading it on social media. At this time, any and all issues have been addressed and there is no safety concern at our schools. All students, faculty, and staff are safe. School is in session as normal across our parish.”

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