The FBI has investigated more than 105 school threats in Louisiana alone since Nikolas Cruz, 19, shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
According to authorities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has investigated at least 106 school threats and 62 arrests in Louisiana since February 14, 2018. That was the day 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz callously opened fire, murdering 17 at a Florida high school. The ages of those arrested in the threat cases range from 11 to 28, with most being juveniles.
Indiana State Authorities Say Arrests Show School Threats Taken Seriously
Authorities say the increased number of arrests show “that school threats are being taken seriously, and a zero tolerance policy is in place.”
The data was released just one day after Nicholas Heard, 20, was arrested after threatening a mass shooting at the University of New Orleans.
The incident unfolded on Sunday night after officials said Heard threatened to “shoot several” students. Like 2,000 others, Heard lived on campus.
New Orleans police obtained a warrant for Heard’s arrest on one count of terrorizing, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. He was taken without incident at his family’s home in the 8400 block of Willow Street in Carrollton Monday morning.
Louisiana is not the only state experiencing an increased number of violent threats aimed at schools.
California Student’s Threat to Shoot up School Thwarted
On February 16, just two days after the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Marino Chavez, the school resource deputy at El Camino High School in Whittier, California, overheard a 17-year-old student tell a classmate, “I guarantee you the school will be shot up in three weeks.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department searched the teenager’s home and found a cache of weapons, including two semiautomatic AR-15 rifles, two handguns, and 90 high-capacity magazines.
The student, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile, made the alleged threat after becoming angry about rules being enforced in the classroom. He is being held on making criminal threats.
Indiana Police React to Social Media Threat
On Sunday, March 4, authorities and the Porter County Sheriff’s office in Indiana acted after discovering someone made a threat on social media to carry out a mass shooting at Chesterton High School on Monday, March 5.
Police later learned that the threat was not credible. A juvenile hacked into a fellow student’s Facebook account and said he was “Planning on going to shoot up the school High school. [sic]”
The juvenile suspect, who shared a cell phone with the owner of the Facebook page, has been taken to hospital for evaluation.
Since 2000, there have been approximately 190 shootings at schools and universities. More than 200 students have been killed, and more than 200 were injured. With the number of school shooting and threats of school violence escalating, police and school authorities are taking extra precautions to safeguard students.