5 Schools Receive Bomb Threat in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KPEL News) - Five schools in St. Landry Parish received a bomb threat on Wednesday, forcing law enforcement to respond to multiple schools to investigate.
Northwest High School, Opelousas High School, St. Landry Accelerated Transitional School (SLATS), Center for Academic Programs (CAPS), and the Washington Vocational Education Center all received a bomb threat, SLPSO said.
On Wednesday morning, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed that a bomb threat had been called into Northwest High School in Opelousas and that bomb-sniffing dogs were on the scene. Students were safely evacuated at the time.
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However, shortly before 1 p.m., the sheriff's office confirmed that five schools had received a threat and the department was investigating all of them.
The sheriff's department responds to all calls, meaning that each school will have to be investigated and swept in order to confirm whether or not there is a device on campus.
Northwest High School has been evacuated after a bomb threat was made, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz confirmed on Wednesday.
Little information is available at this time, but the sheriff's office is confirming that students and staff have been safely evacuated and law enforcement are sweeping the campus in search of any devices. The sheriff's office is using bomb dogs in their search.
The threat was initially called into the school.
St. Landry Parish law enforcement have had to deal with several threats called in to or found at schools in the 2022-2023 school year. All have been false alarms, but still require law enforcement to move in quickly to ensure student safety.
In several cases, students have been arrested and charged with Terrorizing, a crime that comes with jail time of up to 15 years and fines of up to $15,000.
Beau Chene High School saw several similar threats in November and December.
We will update as more information becomes available.