Two Lafayette High School Students Arrested For Online Threats

Lafayette Police have made arrests related to the online threats that locked down Lafayette High School twice this week.

According to Sr. Cpl. Matthew Benoit of the Lafayette Police Department, two teenage students from Lafayette High, were arrested and charged with terrorizing.

Detectives from the Lafayette Police Department Criminal Investigation Department began aggressively deploying resources to determine where the threats were coming from and identifying the individuals responsible for this panic in our community. Throughout the investigation, investigators were able to pinpoint the source of the social media threats. Two teenage students from Lafayette High School were arrested. One juvenile was charged with 2 counts of terrorism, the second juvenile was charged with 1 count of terrorism. Both youths were committed to the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Center.

Benoit said that Lafayette PD takes any threats to students and schools seriously, adding that these threats lead to lockdowns and investigations that rob students and faculty of their valuable time, not to mention the unnecessary stress and panic that everyone Those involved through these types of may endure incidents.

The Lafayette Police Department takes all threats of violence against students and schools seriously. Situations like these cause panic and stress, and take up valuable time for all students in this area. We will fully investigate all threats and continue to protect all students in the Lafayette Parish School System. Thank you to the Lafayette Township Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Township School System, and the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office for their continued support during these situations.

The first incident related to online threats began on Monday, October 3, when Lafayette High School administration became aware of two social media posts naming students and staff.

A third online threat was issued early Thursday morning (October 6), prompting the Lafayette Police Department and deputies from the Lafayette Township Sheriff’s Office to begin lockdown protocols and begin their investigations on the LHS campus.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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