Local law enforcement officers were dispatched to the school campus, which was immediately put on lockdown. Middle school students were evacuated to the nearby high school football stadium, escorted by officers.
Bains Road was blocked off and no persons or vehicles were allowed in or out.
Louisiana State Police, Baton Rouge Police and LSU Police arrived on the scene with bomb squads and scent dogs to conduct a thorough search of the school, however nothing was found.
During the lockdown, parents were contacted through the districts’ automated phone call out system. The message alerted parents to the situation and let them know that all of the students were safe.
Officers were made aware of an 8th-grade student who had been in trouble with the school several times before. They brought him in for questioning and after confirming that the he had, in fact, placed the call, charged the 13-year-old with one count of terrorizing before sending him to the Juvenile Detention Center in St. James Parish.
He will be held there for 72- hours until a judge can decide which course of action to take.
Because of his age, authorities will not release the boy's name.
West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputie said the student was on the campus when he allegedly made the call and sheriff’s deputies stopped his school bus later Tuesday to arrest him, Sheriff Austin Daniel said.
Anxious parents waited for hours at the nearby Sheriff’s Sub Station until they were allowed to enter the campus to retrieve their children, and students were sent home on time.
Backpacks and all other student belongings remained at the school overnight while additional searches took place.
“The Sheriff’s Office, St. Francisville Police Department and our employees worked hand in hand today to ensure the safety of all of our students and employees. We will continue to be proactive...the safety of our students and employees is our number one priority,” said WFP Superintendent Hollis Milton.
Milton said school will resume as usual March 6, and parents were urged to send their children back to school.
WFP law enforcement officers have been working diligently to improve the school safety plan, which did not go unnoticed by LSP personnel.