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Increased police presence at E. Beauregard High as social media comment investigated

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 11:33 AM CST
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Beauregard Parish, LA (KPLC) - Beauregard Parish authorities are investigating a “suspicious” comment made on a social media page of an East Beauregard High School employee, according to information from the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office and Beauregard Parish School Board.

The employee reported the comment to authorities Wednesday, according to a joint news release.

“The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the comments made, and along with the School Board, has already taken steps to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff,” the news release reads. “Students, parents, faculty and staff may notice an increased presence of law enforcement during school hours tomorrow, but should not be alarmed.”

The comment was a generalized threat on the teacher’s TikTok page, made by a person who left similar comments on multiple other social media accounts and platforms in other states, according to Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford.

The threat at the local school left the mother of five, Ashley Trahan, on high alert after she’s noticed an increase at schools nationwide.

“Should I send my kids to school with all of these threats and situations going on like this?” Trahan said. “Like, how is our future going to hold when things like that if I’m always going to be worried about sending my babies to school and something going to happen to them? Yes, It’s a very very big, big issue of mine.”

Something Beauregard Parish School Board Superintendent Timothy Cooley is not taking lightly.

“The safety of our students, our faculty, and staff is the top priority. So, we wanted to make sure everyone was informed about what we were dealing with,” Cooley said.

It’s believed the comment came from an account that was not in Beauregard Parish or even in the southern United States, Herford said.

Herford said that if there was any credible information that there was a credible danger, the school would be shut down. He said that if law enforcement is able to positively identify the person who left the comment, they would be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law.”

Beauregard Parish authorities are investigating “suspicious” comments made on a social media...
Beauregard Parish authorities are investigating “suspicious” comments made on a social media page of an East Beauregard High School employee, according to information from the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office and School Board. The employee reported the comments to authorities Wednesday, according to a joint news release.(Beauregard Sheriff's Office / Beauregard School Board)

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