Fortunately that message was just another of several such hoaxes the school has endured in recent years.
At 11:12 a.m. the students notified a school official who was in the hallway. Officials immediately called 911, according to school protocol.
Administrators, with assistance from the LaFayette Police Department, checked the locker mentioned in the threat and deemed it to be a hoax.
School and law enforcement officials concluded that the school did not need to be evacuated.
LaFayette Middle School principal Mike Culberson and assistant principal Bobby Methany reviewed security video and interviewed several boys who went into the bathroom prior to the message’s discovery.
LaFayette police aided in comparing samples of the students’ handwriting to the message scrawled on the stall wall.
One student was escorted from the school grounds by police officers and has been “interviewed as a witness,” according to LaFayette Public Safety Director Tommy Freeman.
“We let the leads determine where the investigation goes, looking at anything applicable to that investigation,” Freeman said.
Bomb threats by a juvenile are a felony under state law. Criminal penalties are determined by criminal history and the adjudication process, according to Freeman.