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LATEST: Female juvenile arrested for school shooting threat in Catahoula Parish

CATAHOULA Parish - LATEST (03/21/2018): 

A school shooting threat investigation by the Louisiana State Police has led to the arrest of a 14-year-old female juvenile of Jonesville.

It was a terrifying morning that felt like DeJavu for the people of Catahoula Parish.

"I was scared I was like these kids are too young to die," Jonesville Junior High Student, Quin'tasia Washington said.

Just two days after a shooting  threat at Harrisonburg High School another  happened just 10 miles down the road in Jonesville.

A hit list found in the bathroom of Block High School. An emergency police had to act on right away.

"Why would they even be wanting to bring guns to school that young," resident, Whitney Beard, said.

Sheriff Toney Edwards immediately called the Louisiana State Police and the FBI to help.

20 minutes later authorities arrived at the school to evacuate the kids. Everyone was out safe and sound in just 13 minutes, but  they didn't stop there.

With no immediate clue where the threat came from, they evacuated the Jonesville Junior High School and Jonesville Elementary too.

Latoya Norris remembers the reaction of her youngest daughter.

"She was crying and she was her face was wet there was a lot of kids out there that was afraid and scared," Norris said.

Norris was in a hurry because she had two kids to pick up.

"At the end of the day my kids are all I got and I need them by my side I'll drop everything for them," she said.''

Her oldest daughter, Quin'tasia Washington, was at the junior high with her classmates wondering what happened.

"We didn't know exactly what was about to happen but we knew something was going down," Washington said.

"I wanted my mama that's the only thing I wanted," she added.

She says, when the announcement was made at the school, the kids were afraid whoever made the threat was near.

"We thought that if they're going to Block  they're going to come down to our school too."

Now while investigators work to get more answers, some  have an idea of why these threats keep happening among young people.

"I know it's not the guns it's the people," Beard said.

"If you're in a mental state of mind and you want to harm somebody for something it has nothing to do with a gun you're going to harm them with whatever you can put your hands on."

Norris says it goes back to conversations between parents and their kids.

"I think it's got a lot to do with lack of attention," she said.

She says parents have to make sure they're in tune with the problems their kids may be having at school; now more than ever.

"Come to me for anything no matter what it is the smallest things that matter the most."

The investigation by the Louisiana State Police has led to the arrest of a 14-year-old female juvenile of Jonesville.

She has been booked into the Catahoula Parish Jail and charged with terrorizing.

According to Master Trooper Daniel "Scott" Moreau the investigation is active and ongoing.


Students in Catahoula Parish were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a shooting threat was made.

Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office got the call around 11:30 a.m. about a shooting threat at Block High School that was supposed to happen around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The sheriff's office tells us there was a list of people the suspect planned to kill.

They got the call early, so they were able to evacuate the kids safely.

Jonesville Elementary, Jonesville Junior High and Block High School were evacuated as a precaution.

The suspect's name has not yet been released.

Louisiana State Police have taken over the investigation.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

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