Sheriff’s Office: 14-year-old threatened shooting at Sam Houston High School

Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 8:24 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2022 at 7:11 PM CDT
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Moss Bluff, LA (KPLC) - A 14-year-old Sam Houston High School student was arrested on Friday, August 26, after allegedly sending text messages threatening a school shooting, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Spokeswoman Kayla Vincent said their office was notified of a possible threat from a student at the high school around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Detectives were advised that the student had sent several text messages threatening a shooting.

Authorities located the student at their residence and arrested them after inquiring about the accusations.

“Threats like these will be taken seriously by law enforcement and fully investigated. Especially now where many are hyper sensitive to school shooting after events that have transpired over the last few years,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Manuso said.

Mancuso encourages the public to play and active role in keeping the community safe by making reports when necessary.

“Our community’s job is to make sure, we preach and we talk, if you hear something, say something, always,: Mancuso said. “So, I don’t think we afford to us just as a normal citizen make that determination to think that ‘ah they’re not going to do that.’ I don’t think we can do that. I think we have to speak up if we truly want to keep our children safe and our community safe,” he said.

The student has been booked into the Juvenile Detention Center for terrorizing.

The threat was the first of two reported in Calcasieu over the weekend.

The Calcasieu Parish School Board issued the following statement Monday:

“The Calcasieu Parish School Board has been made aware of recent potentially threatening behavior. Any person, including students, making threatening comments, writings, or actions towards any of our schools will be met with immediate action by law enforcement and maximum disciplinary action allowed under Calcasieu Parish School Board policy. The Calcasieu Parish School Board will have a zero tolerance approach to any such behavior. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff will always be our number one priority. We want to assure parents and guardians that our campuses are safe places for students, and that will always be our primary focus.”