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May 24, 2019

Bogus Bomb Threat at Franklinton High Gets Prompt Reaction

On Friday, May 24, 2019 at approximately 08:30 am, the Franklinton Police Department received
information relevant to a communicated bomb threat targeting Franklinton High School. No students were present on campus and all faculty members were evacuated to an alternate location. Law enforcement, fire and ems personnel cordoned off the area while investigators traced the source of the initial threat.

It was concluded, a text message was sent from a student in Franklinton, North Carolina to his/her father stating there was an active shooter at their school. The father in turn, inadvertently contacted the school board office in Franklinton, Louisiana and relayed the information as a bomb threat. It was further determined through communication and investigations in Franklinton, North Carolina, the threat was not viable.

The response to the information by our local agencies was decisive and immediate. Having trained extensively throughout the past school year contributed significantly to the success and coordination between multiple agencies.

Chief Justin Brown commends the prompt action by members of the Franklinton Police Department, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, Franklinton Fire Department, Northshore EMS, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole and Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security.

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