SMPO Detectives Investigate Report of Possible Gun on School Campus, 1 Arrested

Just before 9:00 am this morning, Friday, February 16, 2018, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call from Raintree Elementary School that a teacher received a report that a student may have brought a gun to school. Deputies immediately responded to the campus, identified the student involved, and detained the juvenile pending an investigation. Deputies simultaneously secured the school as a precautionary measure and conducted a search of the grounds and other areas. No weapon was located.

During the investigation, detectives found evidence that the juvenile intentionally made false statements about a gun at the school. The 11-year-old juvenile male was arrested on the charge of terrorizing. The juvenile was released to a guardian pending juvenile court proceedings. The investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Scott Anslum says, “The safety of all of our children is priority. Any reports of a possible threat to their safety will be fully investigated. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to partner with the school board, faculty, students, and parents to keep our schools safe.”

Anyone with information on the case can contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-828-1960.