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Getting Answers: LPSS says school was never threatened by gun found on campus

Posted: 5:55 PM, Jan 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-29 13:51:02-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — KATC has found more details about a Comeaux High School student who was arrested on Friday for allegedly having a gun and ammunition in his vehicle while it was parked on campus.

“The administration and law enforcement, in their questioning of the student and investigation into the allegation, did not find an immediate threat to any student or the school in general,” said Joe Craig, chief administrative officer of the Lafayette Parish School System.

KATC reported on Friday that the School Resource Officer at Comeaux High School was notified of a potential threat at the school. Following the investigation, Cole Ransonet, 17, was taken into custody for allegedly having a firearm and ammunition in a gun-free zone . His bond was set at $2,500 and he has since been released.

According to the Lafayette Police Department, the arresting officer discovered the weapon in Ransonet’s vehicle along with “multiple rounds of ammunition (pistol and shotgun).”

“The school was not put in a lockdown that day,” said Craig. “When the administration was made aware of it and began their investigation, again, there was no threat.”

According to LPSS policy, a student found to violate state law by having a firearm in their possession would be recommended for expulsion. And, depending on the student’s classifications, they would be disciplined administratively and recommended to law enforcement.  

“A school administrator can only recommend expulsion for a student,” said Craig. “And that due process would require that a hearing be held where the student and any other interested parties would say each side of the story, and a hearing officer provided by the district or district employee would make the final decision as to whether that student is expelled, returned to the school with specific conditions or placed in an alternative educational site.”

Parents were notified of the incident on Saturday. However, Craig admits that there is no specific LPSS policy to require them to contact parents about such situation. There is just an EBBB policy that requires that law enforcement be notified of any threat and an investigation take place and an evaluation of the threat.

“In those cases, the administration kind of looks at the situation, looks at the privacy of the individual, looks at the relevance of the threat or how viable the threat is and then they make that decision based on that information,” said Craig.

[Note: KATC sent a public records request on Monday for the initial arrest report of this incident that was delivered on Tuesday, after this story was originally published. When KATC spoke with LPD on Monday, they reported that  the ammunition recovered from the vehicle did not match the weapon found. However, the initial report states that, “a search was conducted and a Glock 21 45cal….was located along with multiple rounds of ammunition (pistol and shotgun).” KATC then contacted LPD to clarify exactly what caliber of ammunition was found when Ransonet was arrested. LPD then said that according to the arresting officer, there was shotgun ammunition and 45cal ammunition for the pistol that was recovered from the vehicle.]