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St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office responds to school copycat threats

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Over the past week in St. Landry Parish, deputies have investigated at least five threats against schools. Four arrests have been made in connection with those threats. 

"They're going to have to suffer the consequences when they make a stupid mistake," Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said. 

Most threats have been made on social media. While they've turned out to be a hoax so far, Guidroz says it's costing the department money. 

"Preparation and framing for the incident are very costly," Guidroz said. "It's time-consuming, and the actual response time is also very costly. It cost money to do the things we do even if it's just a hoax." 

Right now, there are resource officers within the parish. The sheriff thinks more of those officers could help with school safety. 

"How ridiculous and absurd it is that the president, Homeland Security, and Congress are talking about arming teachers," Guidroz said. "That's absurd. That's ridiculous. If President Trump, Homeland Security and Congress are really serious about helping and solving these issues, they can step up to the plate and say 'here is your federal revenue funding.' We don't need teachers armed. We need law enforcement there to do their job." 

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