Teens arrested for tweeting bomb threats about EA High

Published: Mar. 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM CDT
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GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Separate threats made on Twitter resulted in the arrest of two high school students in Ascension Parish, officials say.

According to the Sgt. Steven Nethken of the Gonzales Police Department, the first threat occurred at roughly 9 a.m.

"The first message directed threats of placing a bomb in the cafeteria towards the lunch periods at the East Ascension Campus," Sgt. Nethken explained. "Later a copycat posted a similar threat on Twitter. It was addressed towards a particular classroom."

The Louisiana State Police Bomb Squad was called in to investigate. As part of protocol, students were not allowed to use their cell phones while investigators were searching the school.

"There was a delay of the lunch session until the search was completed," Sgt. Nethken said. "There was also a temporary evacuation of freshmen classes during the second threat."

Investigators identified the student who is allegedly responsible for the first threat and placed him under arrest.

"The student turned out to be a formerly expelled student," Sgt. Nethken said. "He is 16-years-old and he is being booked into the Assumption Juvenile Detention Center for terrorizing [felony] and cyberstalking [misdemeanor]."

Because the second threat was registered outside of the Gonzales City Limits, the Ascension Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate.

Chief Tony Bacula reports that deputies detained a 15-year-old who attends Apple Digital Academy Alternative School and questioned the juvenile about his tweets. The teen was eventually arrested and also charged with terrorizing and cyberstalking.

No explosive devices were found at the school.

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