Arrests made in school shooting

Published 1:22 am Saturday, September 29, 2007

Ferriday — Two local teens were arrested Thursday after they allegedly pulled guns and one of them allegedly fired at a group of students at Ferriday Junior High School after shool hours.

No injuries were reported.

Ferriday Police responded to the school’s 201 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. address at 7:43 p.m. Thursday after receiving a complaint about a disturbance in the area, Ferriday Police Chief Richard Madison said.

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Witnesses on the scene told police two juveniles approached four other juveniles and pulled pistols on them, Madison said.

Though both teens were armed, witness reported only one shot was fired, Madison said.

The names of those involved were not released because they are all juveniles, Madison said.

“Easy access to guns leads to these types of activities,” Madison said. “I’ve said before everyone in Ferriday is packing, and now it really means everyone — even juveniles.”

Madison said the matter is still under investigation, and the police are especially interested in how the juveniles got their hands on the weapons.

“Obviously, someone is feeding these guns into the hands of juveniles, because they can’t just go and buy firearms,” he said. “We’re going to put a stop to this.”

School Superintendent Kerry Laster said law enforcement officials will have to investigate the matter first, and then the school district will determine their course of action.

State law mandates students found carrying firearms on school property be expelled for two complete school semesters. Expulsion for students 16 or older is a recommended four semesters.

Ferriday Junior High School Principal James Davis could not be reached for comment.