Student Arrested for Bomb Threat
PONCHATOULA, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards responds to the arrest of a 17 year old Ponchatoula student named Calvin Richardson. At approximately 9:45 a.m. Richardson was taken into custody while sitting at his desk at school and charged with two counts of terrorizing and two counts of false planning of a planned bombing on school property.
“I am encouraging all parents, grand parents, and/or guardians to talk to your children about the seriousness of on-line threats and the consequences of facing multiple felonies at the young age of 17.” Edwards states.
Last night at around 8:30 p.m., Richardson posted a bomb threat at Ponchatoula High School through social media. TPSO Detectives were able to trace the threat back to Richardson’s mobile device, subsequently leading to his arrest. At the time of his arrest, Richardson was sitting in class in the process of sending another terrorizing threat to Ponchatoula HS through social media.
Unfortunately, Richardson’s hope of not attending class today was fulfilled. He is in the process of being transported to the parish jail where he will be properly booked and charged.
At this time, detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if any others may have been involved.