LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) — A violent threat on social media has forced a lockdown at Lafayette High School, the Lafayette Parish School System has confirmed. A shelter-in-place order was placed shortly thereafter.
On the social media app SnapChat, an unidentified user posted a threat that read, “TOMORROW AT 11:20AM I WILL SHOOT LHS THIS IS NOT A JOKE SO DON’T TAKE IT AS A”. A screenshot of this message then circulated among the students.
Screenshot of social media post threatening to “shoot” Lafayette High School.
When this threat was discovered, it prompted a response from the Lafayette Township Sheriff’s Office and the Lafayette Police Department. The school has been under lockdown since the threat was discovered.
Just before noon, LPSS sent a message confirming the school was on lockdown.
This is a statement from the district. The Lafayette High School campus is currently on lockdown as law enforcement responds to a social media threat. Visitors cannot enter or leave the school grounds. Students and staff are safe and secure during this time. We will provide an update as soon as one becomes available. Thank you very much. Please visit your district’s web-based Student Progress Center for more details.
However, shortly after midday, LPSS again informed the parents and stated that the local school was placed under protection while the investigation into the threat continued.
This is an update from the county. The Lafayette High School campus has been moved to shelter in place status while law enforcement continues to investigate a social media threat. Visitors cannot enter or leave the campus. Students and staff are safe and secure on campus and students cannot check in or out of school at this time. We will provide another update as soon as one becomes available. Thank you very much. Please visit your district’s web-based Student Progress Center for more details.
Lafayette High School goes into lockdown after social media threat
Photo credit: Employee photo
The investigations are still ongoing at this point.
List of homicides and deaths in Acadiana for 2023
Whether you pay attention to the news every day or just drop by every now and then, I think you’ll agree that we often read about murders and deaths in Acadiana. 2023 seems to indicate that Acadiana will have a busy year when it comes to homicides, fatal accidents, and pedestrian deaths.
Fighting Fentanyl: Major Arrests Across Acadiana in 2022
The fight against fentanyl is daunting as the powerful drug continues to take lives every day across the country. From Lafayette to the surrounding areas, law enforcement agencies have their hands full fighting to ban fentanyl from their respective streets.
Let’s take a look back at the headline-grabbing cases of fentanyl in 2022.