Two Westdale students arrested, accused of terrorizing

Threats made on Instagram about a possible shooting on campus led to the arrests Thursday of two eighth-graders at Westdale Middle School.

The two calls, one of which was received Wednesday evening, are not believed to have been related, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.

The Wednesday call was made in reference to an Instagram post made by a 15-year-old student, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. That student, who was not identified, has said the post was a joke.

The Thursday morning call came following an Instagram post made by a 14-year-old student, Hicks said.

The 14-year-old gave no reason for posting the message, she said.

Deputies with the School Drug Task Force went to the school at 5650 Claycut Road on Thursday morning and arrested both students, Hicks said. Neither had any weapons.

Both were booked into Juvenile Detention on a count of terrorizing.

Keith Bromery, a spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, said the school called in the threats and later Thursday sent an automated phone message updating parents.

“There is no evidence the threats were real or the students had the wherewithal to carry them out,” Bromery said.

Students with information concerning this incident or similar incidents are encouraged to notify a school administrator, or contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-STOP or (225) 344-7867. Students can also text “CS225” plus their message to CRIMES (274637).