The fourth St. Tammany Parish public school student this week was arrested Wednesday for terrorizing after posting a photo of himself and a friend with numerous firearms and knives on SnapChat, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.
The 13-year-old boy was a student at Slidell Junior High School. He was taken to the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, where he was booked with terrorizing.
Detectives learned the photo was not taken at the student’s home and they were not his family’s weapons, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. All weapons in the photo have been secured, and none were brought to the school, spokeswoman Meredith Timberlake said.
On Tuesday, three students students arrested for threats, two from Clearwood Junior High and one from Boyet Junior High. All three schools are in Slidell.
Sheriff Randy Smith stressed that his agency does not take school safety lightly, adding "the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to take any and all threats seriously. The threats will be investigated and enforcement action will be taken if warranted.
Smith said he applauded students for coming forward and telling adult when they saw the post on social media. “Parents, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making posts like this, even in a joking manner,” he said.