Sheriff: 12-year-old promised to be next school shooter

MOSS BLUFF, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a 12-year-old charged with terrorizing had threatened to become "the next school shooter."

News outlets report authorities were alerted Sunday about a possible threat to Moss Bluff Middle school by a student. A Calcasieu Parish sheriff statement says the student was questioned and admitted to making the threat on Friday while at lunch at school.

Parish School Board Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus says phrases such as "shoot up a school" or "destroy a school," even said jokingly, trigger an immediate investigation and alert of law enforcement. He says tragedies across the country have forced everyone to take such threats seriously.

The boy has been booked into the parish juvenile detention center. Authorities didn't immediately release his identity, and it's unclear if he has a lawyer.