Posted: May 15, 2013 12:34 PM by KATC
St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Captain Megan Vizena said, "Calling in a bomb threat may sound like a fun thing to do to get out of class, but the fun stops when the handcuffs go on."
On May 13 and May 14, The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted in reference to bomb threats at North Central High School located in Lebeau. Emergency personnel from several agencies responded to the scene on both occasions. A search of the school was conducted by officers and special operation teams. No explosives or explosive devices were located and students were allowed to return to their classes.
Captain Vizena said, "Bomb threats are not new to schools, but the cost involved in these dangerous pranks is more than just discipline from school officials. What many students don't realize is calling in a bomb threat is a felony and punishable by imprisonment. The law also requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke the permit or license of a person convicted of making a false threat. And that's just the legal side of the equation. Having to pay the cost of sending out emergency personnel can be assessed to the student's parent(s) as well as being expelled from school ," Vizena stated.
"When a threat is made against the safety of students and/or staff, it is taken very seriously and immediate and appropriate steps are followed. Our ultimate goal is to catch those making any threat, and we will not hesitate to arrest and seek prosecution of those responsible to the fullest extent of the law," said Captain Vizena.
Any informant who calls St. Landry Crime Stoppers (948-TIPS) never has to give his or her name and no court appearance is required. The caller is assigned a code number and information is confidential. Cash rewards are offered for up to $1,000 if that tip leads to an arrest.
Captain Megan Vizena of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office addressing the students and staff at North Central High School about the severity of making bomb threats.