UPDATE (5:30 p.m. May 13): According to Port Barre Police, the person of interest in a school threat investigation has been released from custody.
Chief Deon Boudreax said that the detained person was interviewed and let go "due to the lack of evidence to support the claim" that the person threatened a shooting at the school.
According to PBPD, a student told school leaders that he passed the person on the way to school. The student said he heard the man say something regarding "shooting up a school"
“We’ve canvassed the area, viewed multiple home surveillance videos and interviewed multiple people but found no evidence to support the claim," Boudreaux said.
UPDATE: A suspect is in custody. Charges are pending investigation. The school lockdowns have been lifted.
Port Barre - All four schools in the town of Port Barre are under lockdown as police investigate a possible threat. According to Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux, a student walking to Port Barre High School this morning told administrators he heard a man threatening to shoot at the school.
Boudreaux didn't name the man, but said he's a local man known to police who has a history of mental-health and substance-abuse issues and has no fixed address. Police are currently searching for the man while Port Barre High/Middle School, Port Barre Elementary along with a Head Start center and Montessori school remain on hard lockdown. Boudreaux says he's consulting with St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins about whether to dismiss the schools for the day or place them on soft lockdown, during which there would be a police presence on campus but the schools would otherwise go about their normal routines.