Fake FHS bomb threat reported

Published 4:24 am Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A bomb threat in Franklinton, N.C., was incorrectly reported as “Franklinton, Louisiana,” leading to a temporary evacuation and investigation at Franklinton High School, according to information from the Franklinton Police Department.

On Friday at approximately 8:30 a.m., the FPD received information relevant to a communicated bomb threat targeting FHS. No students were present on campus and all faculty members were evacuated to an alternate location. Law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel cordoned off the area while investigators traced the source of the initial threat.

It was concluded that a text message was sent from a student in Franklinton, N.C., to his/her father stating there was an active shooter at their school. The father, in turn, inadvertently contacted the school board office in Franklinton in Washington Parish, and relayed the information as a bomb threat. It was further determined, through communication and investigations in Franklinton, N.C., that the threat was not viable.

Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown said that he was proud of the local response, even though the threat was ultimately not serious.

“The response to the information by our local agencies was decisive and immediate,” Brown said. “Having trained extensively throughout the past school year contributed significantly to the success and coordination between multiple agencies.”

Brown commended the prompt action by members of the FPD, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklinton Fire Department, Northshore EMS, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole and Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security.