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UPDATE: Two students arrested during LHS lockdown, no weapons found

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-03 17:55:49-04

UPDATE: LPSS officials say that classes at Lafayette High will resume tomorrow. There will be more law enforcement on scene as a precaution, officials say.

Today, the school was on lockdown for hours while police searched the campus and students after dual threats: a social media post threatening specific people, as well as a 911 call reporting a student on campus with a gun. Two students were arrested, one in connection with the 911 call and another for walking onto campus while it was on lockdown.

LPSS officials say it isn't clear if the two threats were related.

Law enforcement is asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Lafayette Police Department at 337-291-8600 or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 337-232-TIPS.

A release earlier today from the Lafayette Police Department said the incident began at about 9 a.m. Monday, when the school's resource officers and other officials at the school were notified of a threat of violence that was directed towards students and staff members, and was shared via social media.

The school was immediately placed on lock down. During the lock down while officers were on scene, the 911 call center received a call stating there was a student on campus with a gun near one of the buildings.

Law enforcement searched the campus, along with all buildings and no student was found to be in possession of a firearm, police say.

After the campus was secured and searched, the lock down was lifted. All students were allowed to depart from school by their normal means of transportation.

A student at Lafayette High School was detained and interviewed by investigators regarding the anonymous phone call to 911, which reported a student had a firearm on campus. The juvenile student was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center for Terrorizing. Another juvenile who was not involved in this incident was arrested for Trespassing, due to walking on campus during the lock down.

The investigation regarding the social media post, which prompted this incident is currently ongoing, police say.

If anyone has information regarding this incident please contact the Lafayette Police Department or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS

At about 2:15 p.m., the status at Lafayette High was changed from lock down to shelter in place status, LPSS officials say.

No one is allowed to come onto campus. No check-outs are allowed right now.

The normal bus and car rider dismissal is planned, officials said. Students who normally walk home should be picked up in the car rider line. All after-school activities have been cancelled.

Earlier today, we reported that Lafayette High was on lockdown due to reports of a social media threat.

According to Sr. Cprl. Benoit of the Lafayette Police Department, officers were made aware of the threat and reported to the school to conduct a search.

KATC has crew on scene and said at least one person has been placed in handcuffs.

According to Benoit, after police began investigating the social media threat, someone called 911 to report that someone at the school had a gun. Police searched the school, he said.

We have a crew at the school and will add information as we receive it.