Shreveport, LA (KTAL/KMSS) – A Shreveport teen is behind bars after allegedly threatening to “shoot up” Byrd High School in Shreveport, according to Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator.
CPSO Detective Chris Ardoin arrested a 16-year-old Byrd High School student. The teen has was booked into Caddo Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of terrorizing.
At around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the threat was presented to a school staff member who passed the information along to the school resource officer, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Rufus Porter.
According to a recorded message from Principal Jerry Badgley distributed to Byrd parents Wednesday, the student came into the main office with their cell phone, claiming that someone had sent a threatening message to them via text.
On reviewing the message, Badgley said school administrators discovered that the threat was directed primarily at him and turned it over to CPSO.
According to Badgley, CPSO Youth Services detectives were able to determine with the help of CPSO Cyber Crimes investigators that the student had actually used an app that was designed to conceal their identity and their cell phone number, and that the student had actually written the message themselves.
Badgley said the student presented the message in hopes it would result in the closure of the school.
In addition to criminal charges, the student has been suspended and faces an expulsion hearing.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to do things like this, but obviously, our primary responsibility is the protection of our students and staff,” Badgley said, adding that he also distributed a message to students to let them know that law enforcement has the ability to investigate and track down the source of messages sent using apps that claim to hide the identity and phone numbers of their users.
Badgley also asked parents to speak to their children about these apps and how dangerous it is to use them.
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