North Webster Jr. High School OK’d after Monday threat

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton said all is safe following an “unspecified threat” made at the end of school at North Webster Jr. High School Monday.

Writing on the wall in a bathroom prompted school officials to call in the sheriff’s office and the Sarepta Police Department.

“We take all things seriously, and we think this is student-related,” he said. “I think we’re going to get to the bottom of it even though we can’t go into detail about what it said and who it was aimed towards. We have our school resource officers and investigators trying to determine who wrote it.”

There were no serious threats found and the school was cleared for students to return Tuesday morning.

Superintendent of Schools Johnny Rowland Jr. said the safety of all Webster Parish students is the first priority.

“We consider any threats or implied threats to be a very serious matter,” he said. “The safety of our children and our community are our top priority. Thankfully, no devices were located during the search of the school campus.”

He thanked Sexton, deputies and the Sarepta Police Department “for their immediate response and assistance in confirming the safety of our students and campus.”

Students were secured in a safe location while law enforcement swept the school grounds.

While school will open as usual Tuesday morning, for precautionary reasons, Sexton said there will be extra police patrols of the school.

“We have extra security up here just to make sure everything is fine,” he said.

Anyone with any information that will help authorities locate the person or persons responsible is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 318-377-1515 or NWJH Principal Cyndi Hair at 318-847-4801.

The incident remains under investigation.



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