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Some Lafayette High students are fed up after three threats this semester

Posted at 11:27 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 01:20:36-05

LAFAYETTE — The investigation continues into the bomb threats that were made at Lafayette High School.

The threat that was made on Wednesday was the third one at the school this semester.

So far, there's only been one arrest.

Police say they don't know who's responsible for the first threat that was made in September or Wednesday's threat.

Students were in last period on Wednesday when they say they heard their principal over the intercom.

"[The principal] was like, 'The people who ride buses have to load the buses now.' So, everybody was scared. We were like, 'What's happening? What's happening?' We were questioning the teacher," explained Mykayla Faulk.

According to the school system, a bomb threat was texted to a student, so administrators called for an early dismissal.

Officers swept the campus and later gave the all clear.

Last month, a Lafayette High student was arrested for terrorizing after allegedly making a bomb threat.

In September, the school was put on lockdown after receiving a threatening phone call.

"This is getting to the point where it's like a monthly routine for us," said Mykayla Faulk. "It's like every month is something."

Some students think those responsible might just want to get out of class.

"They're probably doing it because they don't know the consequences of what could happen," said Brandon Benoit.

Benoit says the lockdowns are a big disruption to the school day.

"[The teachers] gotta keep pushing back on the lesson plan and everything, and it's affecting us, too, because the less time we have in class to learn, that's the less we know for when the LEAP [test] comes up," said Benoit.

Some students' parents are thinking about transferring their children to a different school because of the threats.

"We don't want to leave, but it's like what can we do? If this stuff keeps happening, [my mother is] going to [want us to] switch schools," said Mykayla. "We're going to have to switch schools, and I don't want to."

The school system considers a threat a serious offense.

Once they determine a student makes a threat, that student faces expulsion.

According to police, cases vary. If a student is arrested, they can either be released to their parents or the juvenile detention center.