UPDATE FROM SCHOOL BOARD: Natchitoches Police investigate social media threat to local school

UPDATE:

As reported on Oct. 24, threats made against “Central High School” were brought to the attention of the Natchitoches Parish School Board and local law enforcement early Saturday morning.

Though the investigation is ongoing, local law enforcement has stated that there is currently no evidence linking the threat to NCHS.

The original threat occurred in Springfield, MO where several arrests were made. Subsequently, the original post was shared nationwide and has caused panic and disruption in numerous communities with similarly named schools.

Although there is no evidence to suggest a threat made against Natchitoches Central High School, NPSB takes any threat, whether real or perceived, seriously. As an added precaution the City of Natchitoches Police will provide an increased presence this week at NCHS. The increased presence is in conjunction with the two Natchitoches Parish Sheriff deputies already on duty every day at NCHS.

Student safety is the district’s greatest responsibility and admin wants to assure everyone that all measures have been taken to ensure student safety.

ORIGINAL STORY:
The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a social media threat to a local school after receiving several tips from the community.

On October 22, 2021 around 10:18 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were made aware of a social media threat towards “Central High School.” Investigators have been working throughout the night and are conducting an extensive threat assessment to determine the validity of this threat and to identify the responsible party for making it.

This is an active investigation and we will release more details as they become available.

Please contact the Natchitoches Parish School Board at (318) 352-2358 or Natchitoches Central High School at (318) 352-2211 if you have any questions about school operations.

If you would like to report suspicious activity contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:
You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.


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