PRESS RELEASE From: Police Department Contact: Public Information Officer, Lt. Malcolm Dupre Date: January 8, 2004
City of Thibodaux 1309 Canal Blvd. Thibodaux, LA 70301 985-446-7214
The Thibodaux Police Department announces the arrests oftwo Thibodaux High School students, both juveniles, and charged them each withone count of Communicating of false information of planned bombing on schoolproperty.
Thibodaux Police Detectives Laura Guise and Greg Navarrewere each assigned to investigate two separate “bomb scares” that occurredon Tuesday and Wednesday, January 6th and 7th, 2004.
In each incident, the Thibodaux High School was called bytelephone and advised that there was a bomb at the school.Students, teachers and all other school workers wereevacuated to a safe area while police and fire officials were contacted andresponded to the school and surrounding areas.Perimeters were set up to assure that no one was in the area should abomb or any type of incendiary device become activated.
The Thibodaux Police Department’s K-9 Division “bombdog” and his handler, Eddie Rodrigue III, responded to the scene on both daysand conducted searches of the entire school and the surrounding buildings in asearch for the bomb or any other means of explosive compounds.All the while, students and faculty were forced to wait outside whilethis search was being conducted.Trafficinto and around the school was halted or diverted to alternate routes around theschool.
The buildings and ground searches completed by OfficerRodrigue revealed no bomb or incendiary devices.Students, faculty and other workers were allowed to return totheir regular duties with classes and other normal activities resuming.
The two juvenile students, each acted independently of oneanother when they called in these two “bomb scares”.Neither student advised of any motive other than to alarm orfrighten people in their normal routines at the school or to get out of class.
The charge of Communicating of false information ofplanned bombing on schoolproperty, carries with it, upon conviction,a maximum of twenty years imprisonment with or without hard labor.This imprisonment is for adult perpetrators.
In these particular juvenile arrests, these two studentswere processed or booked as juvenile offenders and were transported to theLafourche Parish Juvenile Detention Facility.
A third student, also a juvenile, was arrested and chargedas an accessory in the January 7th incident.This student was released to his parents.