WALKER, LA (WAFB) - A rally was held Friday morning at Walker High School to encourage students reporting any suspicious behavior. This comes after social media threats have been frequently appearing following the deadly mass shooting in Florida.
The rally was a collaborative effort between school administrators, students, the Walker Police Department and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. It will give everyone a chance to speak about the threats going around on social media and what consequences are on the table for those who are posting them.
The organizers of this rally wanted to give students an opportunity to speak about school violence at this rally, too.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard spoke at the rally Friday morning. He discussed detecting and reporting suspicious behavior.
"In order to make sure your school is safe, we have to maintain a zero tolerance policy," said Sheriff Ard. "Zero tolerance for anything. Any type of threat, anything that you may put on social media you think that might be a joke. Unfortunately two of your fellow students found that out yesterday. We cannot and will not tolerate that. We can't. Your safety is at stake."
Sheriff Ard referenced the two students arrested on Thursday for making threats of school violence.
Also, the united message they are trying to get across is that threats will not be taken lightly, especially if students meant it as a joke. They are fronting a "zero tolerance" policy here when it comes to threats to student safety.
For more information, you can contact the Walker Police Department by calling 225-664-3125, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-686-2241, or the Livingston Parish Public School System at 225-686-7044.