Man arrested for making threatening call that shut down Thibodaux schools, government buildings
THIBODAUX, LA (NBC33) — A man was arrested this evening for allegedly calling in a threat that shut down government buildings and schools in the Thibodaux area.
The Thibodaux Police Department arrested Donald Brooks, 45, of Thibodaux for Terrorizing and Communicating False Information of Planned Arson. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center.
Brooks is accused of placing a threatening phone call at roughly 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Authorities quickly responded by evacuating local government buildings and placed all schools on lock-down. Officers with the Thibodaux Police Department were deployed to area schools to ensure the safety of the students.
“Threats associated with schools and police departments are not taken lightly,” Melancon noted. “Anytime you have that kind of threat, you want to make sure you have the people safe and protected. It’s not taken lightly.”
The Lafourche Parish School Board made the decision to release students from the school at roughly 11:30 a.m. K-9 units from multiple law enforcement agencies were then deployed to the schools.
“Officers are stations at various locations to stop any suspicious vehicles, or individuals who are walking, that come near those areas,” Melancon said earlier in the day. “We’re taking every step we can and paying attention to every detail.”
The Lafourche Parish School Board also placed all schools within the parish on lock-down as a precaution.
The FBI, as well as several other local and state agencies, assisted with the investigation.