BHS locked down, student arrested

Published 8:26 am Friday, December 11, 2015

Bogalusa High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a 14-year-old student was seen playing with a weapon at a bus stop at Sullivan and Fourth streets.

Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said that an adult spotted the student with the weapon at approximately 7:30 a.m. and called police.

The student was located and the weapon turned out to be a BB gun pistol that was found hidden under leaves at the bus stop.

The juvenile was charged with interfering with operation of a school, obstruction of an education facility, disturbing the peace and a child in need of supervision. The male juvenile was transported to the Florida Parishes Detention Center.

“Based on the description the adult gave us, we felt the individual was in junior high and locked down the gymnasium because that was where he would have been,” Culpepper said. “One of the kids kind of ratted this boy out. We interviewed him and he admitted to it. He caused a disturbance by doing this.”

Culpepper said he has discussed the situation with BHS Principal Lesley McKinley.

“I’ve already talked with Mr. McKinley. He was well pleased with our response. We were pleased with his response as well,” Culpepper said. “There was no danger at any time to the kids.”