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UPDATE: All clear given at Port Barre High after bomb threat

Posted at 4:00 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 20:00:20-04

UPDATE: The all clear has been given at Port Barre High School, Chief Deon Boudreaux says.

Several explosives-detecting K-9 swept the entire school, the chief said.

Officers will be on campus throughout the rest of this week, he said.

ORIGINAL STORY:

PORT BARRE, La. – Police are investigating a bomb threat made against Port Barre High School.

On April 2, 2019, shortly before school let out, the Port Barre Police Department received a call from the school in reference to a bomb threat message written on a school bathroom stall wall.

Police arrived at the school to view the handwritten message which stated “I will blow the school up on April 4 at 11:30,” according to Chief Deon R. Boudreaux.

Police, with the assistance of Opelousas Marshals Office, Opelousas Police Department, St. Landry Sheriff’s Office, Fire District 2 and bomb-detecting K-9s will complete a search and sweep of the school this evening and will have police assigned to the school for the remainder of the week, stated Boudreaux.

Students who may have information in regards to the author of the message is encouraged to alert school officials.

“Although this is more than likely a childish prank, we certainly cannot take things like this lightly,” said Chief Boudreaux. “We are living in a chaotic time and we cannot let our guard down. We are going to conduct a full investigation to find out who wrote that bomb threat. A handwriting analysis will be conducted and should give us a suspect. “