CPHS bomb hoax forces evacuation
By Paula Guillory
A bomb threat at Church Point High School forced students and faculty to evacuate Tuesday morning.
According to reports, a bomb threat was inscribed on the restroom wall at the high school.
Superintendant of Acadia Parish Schools John Bourque reported that, “the students promptly returned to class and back to their regularly scheduled day.”
The Church Point Chief of Police Albert Venable was out of the office and unavailable for comment as of press time. Church Point High School Principal Lee Ward Bellard refused to make an official comment.
It seems this type of incident has become a common occurrence at the high school. Last month a January 19 basketball game had to be canceled as the Bears were on the verge of their first win.
A caller, using a pre-paid cellular phone, had reported a bomb threat to the Church Point High Gymnasium. The facility had to be evacuated and bomb sniffing canines were brought to the scene. Once the dogs arrived from Lafayette every vehicle in the parking lot had to be checked prior to game attendees leaving.
A bomb threat or hoax is a serious illegal offense that will not be taken lightly. According to Angie Wagar, assistant district attorney, “the penalty for such a crime is imprisonment with hard labor for not more than 20 years.”
Anyone with information about the responsible parties are encouraged to notify the Church Point Police at 337-684-5455 or the Acadia Parish Sheriff Department at 337-788-8700.