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Port Barre Chief: Business as usual at PBHS today

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Several Port Barre Police officers are at the high school today, making sure the students are safe. 

Yesterday, Port Barre Police received a call about an alleged threat to the school by a couple of junior high students. Police interviewed the students, as well as a third student who was near them, and another 15 or so students who were at the bus stop with them when the comments, which allegedly involved a statement about a gun, were made. 

"I'm not sure if it was a misunderstanding, or if the kids really said it," said Chief Deon Boudreaux. "But there is no indication (from the interviews) that a gun was ever mentioned." 

As a precaution, school staff spoke to the parents of the boys, and this morning the boys were searched when they arrived at the bus stop, he said. No weapons were found. Despite that, several officers are stationed at the school today, just to give a presence and keep an eye on things, the chief said. The school was not on lockdown today, he said. 

Although the investigation did not turn up any evidence that the boys actually made a threat or even mentioned a gun, the department and the school took precautions anyway, the chief said. 

"The school, along with the Port Barre police, investigated the allegation, interviewed the suspected students and possible witnesses and found the allegation to be unsubstantiated. However, we are not taking this lightly. We are working side by side with the PBHS administration and taking necessary action to ensure the safety of our students and faculty," the chief said. "I agree with the school's notification which advised parents to talk to their children about the consequences of making such threats and also notifying a teacher or police if they hear of other students making threats. Even if a child is saying these types of things in a joking manner, it will be taken seriously and will be treated as a real threat. That is just the unfortunate reality of this era in our society."

Boudreaux said he has plans to meet with school officials this week to discuss safety plans and response plans. 

Anyone with information about criminal activity, threats or suspicious activity or persons, please contact the Port Barre police department at (337) 585-6212. 

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