Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office

Dutchtown High cleared to resume afternoon activities following reported bomb threat

DUTCHTOWN, La. — Afternoon activities have resumed at Dutchtown High School following a reported bomb threat Thursday morning.

The school dismissed the students at around 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

Dutchtown Principal Matthew Monceaux, Ed.D., said the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office advised the school to begin an organized early dismissal.

Student drivers and bus riders left campus first. Due to limited access to campus, parent pickup started at 10:45 a.m.

Law enforcement began investigating a bomb threat posted on social media early Thursday morning that mentioned a specific area on campus.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. school officials were informed of a post on Instagram that suggested a bomb could go off in the band room at 12:34 p.m.

After assessing the situation, school officials worked with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office to decide on dismissing the over 2,400 students early.

“Although we hate to interrupt our day, the safety and security of students are paramount,” Monceaux said in a prepared statement. “Although today’s activities were disrupted, we will always put the safety and security of our students and staff first.”

The students were evacuated from that area of campus while law enforcement investigated the area.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office sent a statement. “We want to assure parents and the community that we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students and staff. Out of an abundance of caution, all classes have been canceled and students are being dismissed. We are working closely with Dutchtown High School and Ascension Public Schools during this ongoing investigation. We will provide updates as they become available.”

The search was completed at 12:30 p.m. All practices and athletic events will take place as scheduled. The school will return to a normal schedule Friday.

APSO is investigating the incident.

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