Additional police presence on campus added as ‘a precautionary measure’
A post by St. Charles Parish School Board on its Facebook page at 10:52 a.m. debunked rumors of a bomb threat at Hahnville High School, but said there is added police presence on the campus as a precautionary measure.
The post reads as follows: “There are unverified rumors and speculation regarding a bomb threat at Hahnville High School. There is additional police presence on campus as a precautionary measure. There is no creditable source or threat regarding this reported information.”
According to St. Charles Parish Schools spokeswoman Stevie Crovetto, parents were also notified of that information through the district's messaging system.
The rumored threat comes a day after video surfaced of a presentation made at the school's Cultural Day this week sparked controversy across social media. During the presentation, a group of black students recited a poem that included references to the Black Panthers group. A video of the presentation posted Thursday afternoon has been shared and circulated through social media.
The St. Charles Parish School System issued the following statement Thursday evening in response to the video: “St. Charles Parish Public Schools respects and celebrates cultural diversity, historical perspectives, individual differences, and recognizes the importance of a positive learning environment inclusive of all. A particular poem that was written by a student and shared by students at the Hahnville High School cultural show offended some audience members. We apologize as that was not the intention. The cultural show was intended to celebrate diversity and unite the student body.”