LAFAYETTE POLICE MADE AN ARREST MONDAY, IN THE FALSE BOMB THREAT THAT SENT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HOME EARLY LAST FRIDAY.  PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR TOMMY FREEMAN SAID 17 YEAR OLD JONATHAN PARKER IS CHARGED WITH MAKING TERRORISTIC THREATS… ALONG WITH TWO OTHER FELONY COUNTS.  EACH COUNT COULD NET UP TO 5 YEARS IN JAIL IF HE IS CONVICTED.
   

SEVERAL "PERSONS OF INTEREST" WERE IDENTIFIED FROM SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AT THE HIGH SCHOOL… AND POLICE CORPORAL BILLY MULLIS MET WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS MONDAY.  IN AN INTERVIEW, THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY CONFESSED TO WRITING THE NOTE AND PLANTING THE FAKE BOMB IN A BOY’S BATHROOM AT LAFAYETTE HIGH.  THE BOGUS DEVICE CONTAINED BATTERIES AND A SANITIZER BOTTLE, BUT HAD NO EXPLOSIVE POTENTIAL.  PARKER ALLEGEDLY TOLD POLICE HE JUST WANTED TO GET OUT OF SCHOOL EARLY.
   

WHEN THE NOTE AND DEVICE WERE DISCOVERED FRIDAY, EVERYONE IN THE SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED INTO A COLD RAIN OUTSIDE.  SCHOOL OFFICIALS QUICKLY CALLED IN BUSES AND SENT STUDENTS HOME FOR THE DAY.