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Serious consequences come from making threats on social media

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Parents are urged to speak with their children about the serious consequences that come with making threats against schools.

Numerous threats have been made against schools in several Acadiana parishes over the past few days. Evangeline Parish has seen at least seven threats, one of which resulted in an arrest in Ville Platte. 

"Threatening to bomb a school - even if you don't intend to do it, and don't even know how to build a bomb - is still against the law. It's a charge of terrorizing," Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue said in reference to threats made Monday that closed Evangeline Parish schools on Tuesday. 

No threats were found after a search of those schools.

Anyone who threatens a school to create panic or to force the cancellation of classes can be charged with terrorizing.

The charge carries a maximum $15,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail.

Law enforcement officials say that any threats seen on social media should be reported to the appropriate authorities.

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