Courthouse evacuated and searched, schools closed early in Thibodaux
Authorities evacuated and searched the Lafourche Parish Courthouse, closed schools early in Thibodaux and put schools in the rest of the parish on lockdown for several hours because vague threats were phoned in.
Thibodaux Police Detective David Melancon says the department never treats threats as routine.
The Daily Comet reports that a caller Tuesday threatened to harm a child at an unspecified school. All schools in Thibodaux and St. Charles Elementary School were dismissed for the day. So were the city's three Catholic schools.
Melancon says someone who called 911 made threats against city police and parish buildings without naming specific places or using the word "bomb". He said police, sheriff's deputies and the Lafourche Parish School Board are investigating together.
The school lockdown ended early Tuesday afternoon.
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