OPELOUSAS, La. (KPEL News) – A teenager from Opelousas is in deep trouble after making multiple bomb threats in the community of St. Landry.
On Tuesday night, the 15-year-old woman allegedly called a bomb threat at McAlister’s Deli in Opelousas, which Opelousas police were investigating that night. Their investigation focused on the minor, who was arrested and eventually found to be responsible for several calls to area schools on Wednesday morning.
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This morning, students and teachers at Northwest High School had to be evacuated after a bomb threat was called into their school. The St. Landry Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were there with bomb-sniffing dogs.
However, just before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, SLPSO confirmed four other schools also faced threats — Opelousas High School, St. Landry Accelerated Transitional School (SLATS), the Center for Academic Programs (CAPS), and the Washington Vocational Education Center.
The teenager was a student at one of the schools. She is currently being held by law enforcement and is at risk of expulsion from the St Landry parish school system. She faces three counts of terrorizing from the Opelousas Police Department (McAlister’s, Opelousas High and CAPS) and three counts of terrorizing from the St. Landry Township Sheriff’s Office (Northwest High, SLATS and Washington Vocational).
According to LA RS 14:40.1, “Terrorizing is the intentional transmission of information that the commission of a violent crime is about to be committed, or that a life-threatening circumstance is or is about to be committed, with intent to harm members of the public in continuing fear for their safety or cause the evacuation of any building, public structure, or transportation facility, or cause any other serious disturbance to the public.”
Those found guilty of terrorizing face up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
The Opelousas Police Department said in a statement that it “takes crimes like these very seriously as those who commit these crimes seriously disrupt the normal business operations and educational process of local schools.” What may seem like a simple prank could result in serious consequences for those who engage in such reckless behavior.”
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