THIBODAUX, La. -- After receiving an anonymous threat over the phone, Thibodaux and Lafourche law enforcement officials locked down schools early Tuesday and district and city courts were evacuated, according to David Melancon, a spokesman for the Thibodaux Police Department.
"Thibodaux Chief of Police Scott Silverii announced that early this morning the Thibodaux Police
Department received anonymous phone calls from someone making threats against facilities
within the City of Thibodaux," said a statement from Melancon.
The lockdown for all schools in Lafourche Parish was lifted shortly after 12 p.m. Only Thibodaux schools are dismissed for the day. Students with parents’ who are not home will be brought to the Warren J. Harang Jr. Municipal Auditorium, said school officials.
Thibodaux Police confirmed City Court reconvened around 1:30 p.m. after being evacuated earlier.
The call came from a man to 911 around 8:45 a.m., said Melancon. The man said he was upset with the police department and the school system. The target of the man's threat was unspecified, but he told officials they would "figure it out."
The Thibodaux Police Department was also placed on locked down as well.
The schools were locked down with officiers stationed at the locations before students were sent home and the court houses were cleared as a precaution.
A heavy police presence could be seen as parents picked up the children from schools like South Thibodaux Elementary School. School buses were called in as well to take children home.