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Police Chief: Get official information before spreading misinformation

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Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the investigation of another child accused of making a threat at school today; the 13-year-old has now been booked with terrorizing. 

"Investigators searched the home of the juvenile and found no weapons or other evidence that would suggest the student had intention to follow through with his statement. Investigators believe the student made the comment in more of a playful manner. Regardless if the student was joking or not, the fear and concern it caused was not a joke. Words matter, and this student will be held accountable for the words he said today," the chief said. 

The Thibodaux Police Department is encouraging parents to sit down with their children and explain how serious comments such as these are; comments that carry consequences outside of school and home discipline. 

"The Thibodaux Police Department is asking that the community get their information from an official source, i.e. Thibodaux Police Department, to help with rumor control by opportunistic people and concerned citizens," Zeringue said. 

Today's incident happened at St. Joseph Elementary, where a student was overheard making reference to being a school shooter, then making a hand gesture as though he was holding a gun. His classmates reported this to school personnel, who called police, he said. 

The child is being questioned by Thibodaux Police and more information will be released as it is learned, the chief said. 

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