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FBI: More than 100 school threats in Louisiana in past month

FBI: More than 100 school threats in Louisiana in past month


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities have investigated at least 106 threats of violence in or near schools in Louisiana since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, state police and the FBI said Monday. The news came as the University of New Orleans was reopening its campus following the arrest of a suspect in one such threat.

Nicholas Heard, 20, was arrested without incident at his home, said New Orleans police spokesman Beau Tidwell.

Police on Monday said Heard told fellow students he would shoot several people on campus.

The university told employees not to report to work Monday and students in on-campus housing were told to remain in their rooms. Once the arrest was made, authorities made preparations to re-open the campus late Monday afternoon and re-start campus dining services.

Heard was being held at the New Orleans jail and bond had not been set as of Monday night. Online jail records did not indicate whether he has an attorney.

A joint news release from the FBI and Louisiana State Police said that in the other cases, the ages of those arrested ranged from 11 to 28. Most were juveniles.