May 6, 2013 5:47 PM
The Superintendent in Lafayette Parish is asking parents to speak to their children after two false bomb threats caused emergency evacuations last week.
This year, there have been two bomb threats at L.J. Alleman and one at Broussard Middle School. School officials are asking parents to make sure their children understand the severity of making these threats. Any student found to be involved in such an incident will face potential criminal charges and expulsion, and parents of the student may be forced to pay restitution for the cost of the police search and school evacuation.
In all three cases, the alleged threats were written on bathroom walls, forcing school administrators to implement emergency procedures and evacuate all buildings. This not only caused a loss of precious instruction time and school resources, administrators say these incidents were extremely stressful for parents. Many made frantic calls checking to make sure their children were safe.
LPSS School Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper says they are taking these incidents extremely seriously. "We need students to understand that these are not harmless pranks. The police will continue to investigate these cases and any student found to be involved will face very serious consequences," said Cooper.
No arrests have been made so far.