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Police: Third-grader responsible for bomb threats in Erath

Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 19:53:30-05

Erath Police have determined who left a bomb threat on a school bus last week, triggering the evacuation of three local schools.

The child is a third-grader who is younger than 10, Chief Anna LaPointe said.

"I went to the school yesterday and went through all the videos, and it was very definite who left the note," she said.

Because the child is younger than 10, there won't be any criminal charges. There might be discipline, but that's up to the school system and protected from disclosure by federal privacy laws.

That doesn't mean that nothing was done, though.

"I had that child and that parent in my office, so that their understanding was clear," the chief said. "The child didn't even know that what happened Friday (the evacuations) was because of what they did. The parent was very upset."

Friday morning, police and sheriff's deputies cleared Dozier Elementary, Erath Middle and Erath High School after a note was found on a bus. By 10:40 a.m. the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office had cleared all three schools with an initial sweep by bomb detection dogs. Law enforcement conducted a secondary weep as a precaution.

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office stated that their office was assisting the Erath Police Department with the alleged bomb threat within the city limits of Erath. Superintendent James B Prudhomme says that he was alerted by the bus supervisor at around 9:00 a.m. that a note was found on the bus stating that someone was going to "bomb a school."

The threat, according to VPSO, did not specify a specific school as a target.

Public Information Officer Drew David says that a note was found on a bus which services several schools in the city of Erath. Students at Dozier Elementary, Erath Middle, and Erath High School were removed and taken to safe locations.

Prudhomme thanked law enforcement for their swift response to the schools.

The superintendent said that protocols were followed in the response to this incident. "The students are safe and we will proceed with our schools."

A full release from the department is below:

“From all indications a note was found on one of the buses which referenced a bomb threat. It is unclear what school was targeted at this time because the bus services three different schools. Precautions are being taken and students from Dozier Elementary, Erath Middle, and Erath High School are being removed and taken to safe locations. Bomb detection dogs are on the way, and I will give updates as more information becomes available.”