HARAHAN, La. — Police arrested a juvenile Friday who admitted to calling in a fake shooting report that led to a lockdown and sweep of Harahan Elementary School, police officials said.
Concerns about an alleged threat to the school spread quickly Friday afternoon as parents learned about a 911 call response to the building in the 6700 block of Jefferson Highway.
As multiple callers rang in to Eyewitness News about the situation, the Harahan Police Department took to Facebook to quell any rumors about their response to the school.
"NO ONE IS IN DANGER, NO ONE WAS HURT DURING THE RESPONSE AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT," the department posted.
According to parents commenting to the department's post, they received a safety message from police that the school was placed on lockdown after faculty received an anonymous call about a shooting nearby.
Police responded immediately, searching the school and finding no evidence of any violent activity in the area, they told parents.
"Our officers along with many other agencies responded appropriately and conducted emergency operation procedures consistent with our policies to ensure the safety of all students and faculty," the post said.
Later in the afternoon, HDP officials announced a juvenile was arrested in connection to the call.
"We are confident there were no others involved and the subject has admitted to their actions. We want to thank all agencies involved in the response and the faculty for following protocol," officials said.
Police said they are not releasing the identity of the person arrested because they are a juvenile. It's unclear if they are a student at Harahan Elementary School.
It's also unclear what charges the person may face.
Many parents used the department's post to thank the responding officers for keeping students safe.