Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Edwards, in a joint press release with Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Mark Kolwe, reports they are investigating “threatening” social media posts that began circulating late Sunday night (February 18, 2018) and have increased security.
The TPSO was notified at approximately 10:00 p.m. Sunday night of the potential threat. Monday morning, detectives identified a juvenile student, enrolled in a Tangipahoa area school, who had shared an alleged social media threat from a 17- year-old family member. The post stated, “Don’t go to school Monday. A school shooting is going to happen and they are warning everyone. But the one’s who do show up there are doing an investigation.”
The post is believed to have originated from a social media site referencing an incident that was to occur at an out of state school and had no bearing on Tangipahoa Parish. However, rumors of the post went viral causing fear and panic among our community members resulting in appropriate actions being taken by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Tangipahoa Parish School System.
One 17-year-old female was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The minor child has been charged with terrorizing.
Simultaneously- in a separate incident - deputies intercepted an additional threat that was made by an 18-year-old male student, Troy Webber (pictured above) of Amite, threatening to shoot his fellow students and faculty upon returning to school Monday morning. Webber was taken into custody and charged with terrorizing.