St. Landry

Mar 30, 2011 2:27 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Opelousas High Student Arrested for Bomb Threat

A 17-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with yesterday's bomb threat at Opelousas High School. Officers were dispatched to the school at 11:55 a.m. The school was evacuated and given the all clear. Police identified 17-year-old Desira Mott of 642 Pamella St. as the person that made two threatening calls from her cell phone while she was at school.

Opelousas High was evacuated both times because of the threats disrupting the school. Mott is being charged with two counts of communicating false information of a planned bombing of a school.  Each charge carries up to a 20 year sentence with or without hard labor.

Police believe the motive stemmed from remarks made on face book which led to several fights breaking out while students were together during the evacuation. There were several students arrested for disturbing the peace by fighting. The Opelousas Police Department is working closely with the school and there are more arrest pending. According to Chief Perry Gallow "threats like this we take very serious and the Opelousas Police Department will treat them as such. Anyone making these types of threats will be charged to the highest extent of the law."



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