SLIDELL – A student at Pope John II Catholic High School caused the school to be placed on lockdown for more than an hour on Wednesday and ended in the student’s arrest, according to the Slidell Police Department.
On Wednesday morning, Slidell Police responded to the high school in reference to a suspicious object.
The school conducted a mock lockdown drill earlier and during the drill 18-year-old Austin Lang wrapped duct tape around a plastic bottle and taped it to a pole outside of one of the hallways on the school’s campus, the Slidell Police Department says.
School administrators found the suspicious object, immediately placed the campus on lockdown and called police.
The school remained on lockdown for more than an hour as officers determined there was no threat to the school. The incident was deemed a prank, police say.
Investigators were able to identify Lang as the person responsible and placed him under arrest for interfering with the educational process.
Pope John II School released the following statement:
This morning school leadership identified what would be considered a suspicious package on campus at Pope John Paul II. We took immediate action contacting the authorities and putting the school on lockdown.
Local police responded quickly and soon afterward determined that there was no threat to the safety of the school. Police remained on campus for most of the morning, and concluded that this was in fact a “prank”.
At Pope John Paul II the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are priorities for us. Any threat or perceived danger to our school community will be reported and investigated thoroughly. We will not tolerate behavior that threatens or endangers our school family in any way.
We are grateful to the local authorities who responded quickly to this incident and pledge our cooperation with them as any investigation continues.