More kids arrested after photo of student with gun is circulated with threat online
PLAQUEMINE – Additional arrests have been made related to a picture circulated on the internet that caused a panic at an area school last week.
The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said two students were charged with disturbing the peace by alarming the public for their role in the scare. Already, a young student was charged with felony terrorizing charges related to the situation.
The image was a post on social media showing the student who was initially charged wearing a bandana over his face and holding a rifle. The boy sent the picture – without a caption or message – to others who then forwarded it on to the two kids arrested most recently. It was the last pair, the sheriff's office said, that added a threatening line.
The students and the threat were associated with Iberville public school MSA West. All are 8th graders at the school, sources said.
WBRZ.com was first to report the situation last week. Then, students and parents described an atmosphere of chaos and concern as news of the threat spread, though the sheriff said there was never any danger.
"People are real nervous," Sophomore Ty Robinson said. "One girl was having a panic attack and everyone else was calling their parents to come get them."
Names of those charged have not been released. WBRZ has made an editorial decision to blur the image of the child's face.
Sheriff Brett Stassi said when deputies learned of the picture last week, they went to the student's house. Investigators took the guns and the student was not able to attend school. The guns belonged to the student's father.
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