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3 Louisiana teens accused of separate school threats

3 Louisiana teens accused of separate school threats

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a 17-year-old faces terrorizing charges after schoolmates said he had a list of students he planned to kill and also had threatened some teachers, and two juveniles are accused of making less specific threats against other schools.

The 17-year-old told investigators he no longer had the list but remembered the names, and had planned to bring a shotgun to Thibodaux High School to shoot specific students, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said in a statement Tuesday.

Lt. Brennan Matherne says the youth was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after being taken into custody and will be arrested on terrorizing and assault charges once he's out of the hospital. The teen wasn't identified.

Webre says more charges are possible.

He says other students "bravely" told an administrator about the alleged comments and threats.

Lafourche Parish is in southeast Louisiana. Officials in the state's southwest corner said a DeRidder High School student and one at Oakdale Middle School were arrested Monday.

A juvenile court hearing was scheduled Tuesday for the high-school student, The American Press and KPLC-TV reported. Because the student is a juvenile, no information was available about the proceedings.

Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Detective Mark Herford said students told the school's resource officer the student had made disturbing statements.

He said sheriff's detectives and DeRidder police interviewed numerous people and searched the student's home before arresting the student.

Oakdale Police Chief Joseph Lockett Sr. said the juvenile told another student that someone was going to "come and kill a lot of people at school," KPLC reported.

He said the child went before a judge, was in police custody and will be expelled.

"We believe that bullying is a major problem at all schools and leads to children feeling like outcast, but parents should talk to their children and let them know that it's OK to report problems like that, but not OK to make any kind of threats towards other children or staff," Lockett said.