BATON ROUGE - Following the recent tragic high school shooting in Parkland, FL, law enforcement throughout Louisiana and nationally have received numerous copycat type threats. In one instance in Tangipahoa Parish, the threat contained actual credible information which was quickly addressed by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In another situation, a student in Evangeline Parish was arrested for posting online threats. However, the majority of threats received were found to have no credible danger to public safety.
Although LSP highly encourages citizens to report suspicious activity, they want to remind them that the increased sharing of unsubstantiated threats through social media stresses the resources available to respond to and investigate these claims. In the event you or a family member receive information pertaining to a threat, please carefully assess the information.
For example, if the threat were time sensitive and viewed as an imminent danger, you should immediately call 911. If there is suspicious activity that may warrant further investigation or something that does not seem right, report this information to local law enforcement.
The sharing of unsubstantiated threats through social media could add chaos and panic to the school systems and further burden the facility, staff, and student body. Threats made to schools, churches, and public institutions will be expeditiously investigated with every available resource.
People who choose to make threats against others, be they real or not, can face serious charges in Louisiana. The terrorizing law in Louisiana is a felony and states that people who intentionally communicate information of a crime of violence, which causes the public to be in sustained fear for their safety, causes the evacuation of a building, or other serious disruption to the general public can be arrested and fined up to $15,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 15 years.
All citizens play a critical role in protecting Louisiana and safeguarding its communities. LSP reminds citizens that if they “see something, send something.” The See Send app by My Mobile Witness can be used to report suspicious or criminal activity. It allows information to be reported to law enforcement by smart phone.
This free app for iPhone, iPad and Android offers users the ability to write or take a photo of anything that is suspicious. The app can be found at http://www.mymobilewitness.com/consumer-services.php.
Posted on Fri, February 23, 2018
by The Lafourche Gazette