BELLE CHASSE, La. – A senior at Belle Chasse High School was arrested after he made threats to shoot up the school and harm a teacher, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.
At 3:14 p.m. Monday, deputies were called to the school regarding a complaint of threats that were made towards students and teachers at the school.
Investigators located several witnesses and obtained statements, the PPSO said.
Leonard F. Jourdan III, 18, had made violent threats, including killing a teacher, before he had left school, deputies determined. Deputies believed there to be no immediate threat at the time.
When PPSO made contact with Jourdan, he voluntarily agreed to come to the Belle Chasse Detective Bureau for further investigation. A short time later, Jourdan and his parents arrived.
During the interview, he admitted that while in the presence of schoolmates and a teacher during class that day, he said he was going to shoot up the school on Friday because he believes the world is coming to an end based on the Mayan calendar, PPSO said.
He also admitted that he had received the impression that one of his teachers did not like him, and he was going to harm that teacher by tying the teacher up and slitting the teacher’s wrists.
Jourdan said he had made the statements in a joking manner, detectives said.
Around 7:55 p.m. Monday, he was arrested and booked with violating Louisiana Revised Statute 14:40.1, relative to terrorizing, which states that it is a crime to intentionally communicate information that the commission of a crime of violence is imminent or in progress, or that a circumstance dangerous to human life exists or is about to exist, with the intent of causing members of the general public to be in sustained fear for their safety, according to the PPSO.
He remains in the Belle Chasse Lockup and is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The bond was set at $75,000.
“The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office takes all threats seriously, especially those involving the threats towards the students and teachers at our schools. I would like to stress the importance of immediately reporting tips and this type of information to my office,” Sheriff Lonnie Greco said.
Given what happened on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, the PPSO said they did not take the matter lightly.
Based on current events, "we have to take all of these allegations seriously. And, our main concern is public safety and making sure that students and teachers are protected, and they they go home safe everyday," said Deputy Eric Becnel.