Bossier City Boardwalk theater evacuated Saturday night and was searched carefully for potential fire/terror threat after the alarm emptied all theaters for over forty minutes when the alarm was sounded. Security officers, including multiple Bossier Police members in body armor, scoured each area of the Bossier theater and surrounding buildings after the alarm. After forty minutes the theater resumed operation.
In Baton Rouge heightened security is the result of anonymous threats that are being taken seriously by schools and public officials. The Baton Rouge Police Department has taken all threats as cause to investigate fully in light of disasters that have occurred in other parts of the country. St. Joseph’s Academy was the site of a threat Sunday evening.
According to attendees at the Bossier theater and parents in Baton Rouge, no outcry was evident at the call for calm and patience with extra police measures. As the BRPD spokesman stated, additional security staffing may be required in the future. In Bossier patrons marched silently and calmly to the nearest exit, and in Baton Rouge parents calmly await further instructions.
St. Joseph’s Academy is holding school today amid heightened security due to an anonymous threat that was left on the school’s voice-mail system Saturday. According to school officials and the Baton Rouge Police Department, St. Joseph’s administrators forwarded the call to the BRPD Sunday “out of an abundance of caution.” The BRPD has been investigating the threat since then, as has District Attorney Hillar Moore III. In the meantime, an unspecified number of uniformed BRPD officers arproviding security around the campus and will continue to do so “if such staffing is deemed appropriate, after close of school today,” according to Lt. Don Kelly, a BRPD spokesman. Parents were made aware of the threat Sunday evening in a recorded call from the school’s principal, Linda Harvison, who did not provide details about the nature of the threat. That sent off a mild panic. Moore says his phone was “ringing off the hook” with calls from concerned parents. Later Sunday night, the school followed up with a subsequent call assuring parents that adequate security measures were being taken. Nevertheless, many parents chose not to send their daughters to school today; some classes reportedly have as few as one-third of their normal attendance.
For more information:
Baton Rouge Business Report on St. Joseph Security
Baton Rouge School Security