12:30 LRN Newscast May 20

20-year-old Trent Thomas was arrested today on three complaints of attempted second-degree murder following a shooting outside of the graduation ceremony for Hammond High School on Thursday night. Three people were struck by the gunfire, and a fourth person was injured while fleeing the area. One of those remains hospitalized in stable condition. Hammond Police say it’s possible there was a second shooter and more arrests could be on the way.

Chief Edwin Bergeron said it began with an altercation between Thomas and a juvenile only identified as a person of interest. Police are requesting that anyone with video that might help in the investigation contact them immediately.

Tangipahoa Parish Schools Superintendent Melissa Stilley says graduation went as planned, but gunfire erupted as the students were leaving…:

Cut 17 (07) “began to fire”

At Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, there was extra security on campus Thursday after graffiti reportedly issuing a threat to Black students was found inside a school bathroom.  A statement from the administration said authorities had deemed the threat to not be credible, but the extra security will remain until the end of the school year next Friday.

Seven years after a woman was killed in Terrebonne Parish and her two nieces were kidnapped, two arrests have been made. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet says new evidence led them to make the arrests in connection with the murder of 56-year-old Pamela Johnson. As for the particular evidence that helped lead them to a break in the case, Soignet couldn’t comment but says new technology and the evidence helped his team make arrests in the case.

Cut 8 (06) “…homicide.”

A House-approved bill that would hold back third-graders who score in the bottom tier in state reading assessments continues to move through the Legislature. An estimated 45-hundred students could be held back and the legislation would go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. The Senate Education Committee approved Mandeville Representative Richard Nelson’s bill and an amendment was added that would give a student three tries to pass a literacy test before it’s determined the student must repeat the third grade….

Cut 4  (08) “…as well.”