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UPDATE: Southside lockdown lifted; school in session

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Posted at 9:10 AM, Sep 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-15 13:30:58-04

UPDATE: A man walking in the area of Southside High with a rifle strapped to his back triggered a lockdown this morning, but it has now been cleared, police say.

We're working to get more information, but Youngsville Chief Rickey Boudreaux tells us that police received a report of a man walking in the area with a rifle strapped to his back. Since Louisiana as an open-carry state, that's not illegal, but the school was placed on a shelter-in-place status while police attempted to find the man and learn his intentions, Boudreaux said.

As of 10:30 a.m., the status was lifted, Boudreaux said. The chief confirmed that the man was outside of the "gun-free zone" that exists around the school.

A text message was sent to parents Thursday morning.

There is an investigation in Youngsville away from campus, the message stated.

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Law enforcement investigated two possible threats against Lafayette Parish schools in the past 24 hours, officials say.

That comes on the heels of a threat being made against Erath Middle and High schools Wednesday, which caused the evacuation of both schools.

In Lafayette Wednesday night, an anonymous call was made to 911, threatening the Comeaux High School campus. The person who made the threat was identified and was detained by law enforcement, LPSS officials say. Police identified him as a 17-year-old Comeaux student.

Then Thursday morning, officials received a report that a threat was made toward Broussard Middle School, but after law enforcement investigated they determined that no threat was actually made.

We've reached out to Lafayette Police for more information about the Comeaux incident and we'll update this story as soon as we receive information.