Winn Parish Responds To Recent Shootings, Asks For Citizen Help In Reporting Threats

Following the recent tragic school shooting in Lakeland, Florida, there have been at least two copycat type threats made at Louisiana schools. According to Louisiana State Police, “in Tangipahoa Parish, the threat contained actual credible information which was quickly addressed by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office. In another situation, a student in Evangeline Parish was arrested for posting online threats. However, the majority of threats received were found to have no credible danger to public safety.”

Louisiana State Police issued some guidance on reporting suspicious activity. They pointed out that the increased sharing of unsubstantiated threats through social media stresses the resources available to respond to and investigate claims. S/T Dustin Dwight from Troop L added, “In the event you or a family member receive information pertaining to a threats, please carefully assess the information. For example, if the threat were time sensitive and viewed as an imminent danger, you should immediately call 911. If there is suspicious activity that may warrant further investigation or something that does not seem right, report this information to local law enforcement.” Dwight also said that sharing of unsubstantiated threats through social media could add chaos and panic to our school systems and further burden the facility, staff, and student body. He said, “Threats made to our schools, churches, and public institutions will be expeditiously investigates with every available resource.”


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