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Police beef up security at G.W. Carver due to verbal threat

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
gfischer@weeklycitizen.com
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

UPDATE: 4 p.m. Arrest made. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has issued a follow-up statement regarding this morning's police presence at G.W. Carver in Gonzales, La.

The latest official press release stated: "APSO arrest St. Amant man for verbal threat to school.

"The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a verbal threat to school employees of G.W. Carver Primary School late yesterday evening, January 21.

"Throughout the investigation 26-year-old Brandon Henry was identified as the suspect who made the verbal threat.

"Out of abundance of caution, we increased our presence on campus today and a warrant was issued for Henry.

"He was located Wednesday afternoon, January 22, in Bay County, Florida and was arrested on charges for terrorizing, reckless operation, and improper telephone communication.

"He will be transported to the Ascension Parish Jail upon extradition."

We have included a police photo of 26-year-old Brandon Henry.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office emailed the media this morning to let people know the reason for an increased police presence at G.W. Carver Primary School.

The letter, sent by Public Information Officer Allison B. Hudson read: "The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office was made aware of a verbal threat that was made towards G.W. Carver Primary School yesterday evening.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we have an increased law enforcement presence on campus today, as is best practice whenever a threat is made.

"We can assure you that the school is safe and secure at this time."

No other information is available at this time. G.W. Carver Primary School is part of the Ascension Public Schools system, located in Gonzales, Louisiana.