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Mar 26, 2012 3:25 PM by AP

La. teen arrested for alleged Facebook threats

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) - A 14-year-old student at a school in St. Tammany Parish has been arrested on suspicion of posting threats against teachers and other students on the Facebook social networking website.

Sheriff Jack Strain's office said the boy wrote that students were "going to die" Monday at Monteleone Junior High School near Mandeville. He also allegedly identified others on a "survivors list."

The eighth-grader was arrested late Sunday night on one count of terrorizing after school officials and several parents reported the alleged threats to the sheriff's office.

The boy was being held at the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Facility and is expected to make his initial court appearance later this week.

Extra deputies were assigned to the school Monday as a precaution, but Strain said investigators believe the boy was acting alone.

"We believe the threat has been totally neutralized and is no more," said Strain, who wouldn't say whether the boy had access to any weapons.

Schools Superintendent Trey Folse said the school's attendance was down by 25 percent Monday.

"We certainly believe the school is safe," he said. "I would never put myself in the role of the parents. That's their decision to make. We'll continue to work hard to make sure our schools are safe."

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