East Ascension High School lockdown has been lifted.

Younger brother of East Ascension High student arrested after Snapchat threat forced lockdown

GONZALES, La. – The younger brother of an East Ascension High School student has been arrested and accused of terrorizing in connection with last week’s lockdown.

Gonzales Police took the 15-year-old high school student’s 14-year-old brother into custody on Saturday, February 3, after officers say they discovered videos on Snapchat posted by the middle schooler. 

GPD arrested the Gonzales Middle School student after receiving tips from parents and community members. The videos reportedly showed clips of a weapon, ammunition and language that insinuated the potential for violence, according to law enforcement.

Gonzales Police said they conducted a “diligent search” of the middle schooler’s home and determined he has no access to the weapon shown in the video or the means and opportunity to act on the insinuations made in the video.

The middle schooler is in police custody and will be charged with Terrorizing. Gonzales Police are working with the District Attorney’s office on a threat assessment of the juvenile and will await a court decision.

He is the younger biological brother of the 15-year-old East Ascension High School student, who was taken into custody and also charged with Terrorizing. The high schooler allegedly made threats via Snapchat prompting a lockdown of the school’s campus on Friday, February 2. 

UWK has decided not to release the student’s name or mugshot, as provided by the Gonzales Police Department, due to the student’s age. Police explained that they released the suspect’s photo because of the “potential hazard and danger present to the community.”

Snapchat Scare

  • East Ascension High School Lockdown on February 2, 2024
  • East Ascension High School Lockdown on February 2, 2024

There were tense moments last Friday when news spread quickly across campus about the threats.

According to police, the 15-year-old student posted a message on Snapchat at 10:24 a.m. Friday, stating, “Y’all don’t want me to come; I just got a 17 been ready to blow this b**ch,” followed by several laughing emojis. Several students reportedly saw the post and “attempted to confirm its accuracy.”

Upon being alerted, school administrators initiated a lockdown as a precaution while police and sheriff’s deputies conducted an investigation.

Police believe the student was tipped off about law enforcement seeing the social media message and was “able to sneak off campus” before the lockdown. He was later located at his home, where he was taken into custody without incident. Although the student was found in possession of ammunition, no weapon was discovered.

“Additional searches are being performed on the EAHS campus to ensure the safety of students and faculty,” police stated. Investigators also noted that additional charges are possible.

Panicked Parents

The lockdown was lifted around 11:30 a.m. Friday, and parents were allowed to check students out for the day. Long lines with dozens of parents were seen in front of the school Friday afternoon. 

The Ascension Parish Schools released the following statement on their Facebook page:

UPDATE: 12:03 p.m.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

East Ascension High School was placed under lockdown out of an abundance of caution on Friday, February 2, 2024, for law enforcement to investigate a tip. Gonzales Police Department has confirmed there was no threat on the campus. We thank our law enforcement partners for their swift action and for ensuring students were safe. East Ascension is no longer under lockdown and will continue with a modified schedule for the remainder of the day.

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