Update: The juvenile has been arrested and charged with intimidation and interference with operation of school (misd).

Detectives Investigate Threat at ESJ

Detectives with the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating a threat of violence to East St. John High School in Reserve.

On November 16, 2023, about 7:30 p.m., school administrators notified school resource officers of images circulating on social media featuring what appeared to be a message threatening a shooting at East St. John High on November 17, 2023. School resource officers immediately reported the information to the SJSO Criminal Investigations Division.

Shorly after, officers identified and located the student who posted the message on social media, a 17-year-ol male who attends the school. Detectives interviewed the male subject in the presence of his parents, and he subsequently confessed to creating and posting the threat on social media.

Through further investigation, detectives determined the student was not planning to carry out the threat. Detectives learned the student’s motive was that he was angry for being disciplined by the school for a different matter.