Local law enforcement responded to calls being made of an active shooter on Thursday afternoon.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office released the following statement regarding the recent events taking place:
“We have been in contact with the Louisiana State Police regarding an "Active Shooter Hoax" that has hit our state this week and our Parish today.
While at Berwick High today, a call was received by the Morgan City Police Department stating that an active shooter was on Berwick High School's second floor.
There is no second floor at Berwick High School, and there were already law enforcement officers at the school from the BPD and the SMPSO.
The Louisiana State Police advised that in the past week, there have been multiple reports of similar hoax calls reporting active shooters at schools in other states, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia.
Across the state of Louisiana today, multiple agencies are reporting the same hoax calls.
Nevertheless, the SMPSO and other law enforcement agencies have personnel checking on schools, assessing and securing the campuses to ensure the safety of our educators and students.
Schools were also placed on lockdown in Morgan City and Patterson on Thursday afternoon.