Posted: Mar 31, 2014 1:34 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 31, 2014 3:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police and sheriff's deputies increased security at Belaire High School Monday after they said several students received text messages there was going to be a shooting.
Investigators arrested the student that was supposed to be the target of the shooting, after deputies said they found him carrying marijuana.
Deputies accused Leartay Walker, 17, of marijuana distribution and said he was found with individually-wrapped bags of marijuana and more than $230 in cash. The deputies said Walker told them he'd tried to stop selling marijuana a week before due to "all the killing in the community," according to arrest affidavit.
Belaire's principal told deputies the texted threats that several students received referenced Friday's shooting at the Baker Civic Club where three teens were killed and another injured. Police arrested a 16-year-old in connection with that shooting.
Police increased their presence at the school after parents called and expressed concern about the threats. A school spokesperson said several parents also took their children out of class after word of the threats got out.