A false alarm of a gun at Bastrop High caused the school to go on lockdown for a few minutes on Friday at 10:20 a.m.
BHS Principal Christopher Broussard said students falsely reported that there was a gun on campus after a student came to school wearing purple lipstick, and having freshly dyed black hair.
"Some false assumptions led students to create a sense of panic," he said. "There was no gun, and the young man never made any statement that he wanted to harm anyone."
Bastrop Police Chief Allen Campbell said the police searched and found nothing on the student.
"It appeared to have been a false alarm," he said. "The school had a short lockdown to be safe, but it was a false report."
Broussard said he would like to advise parents in the future to avoid the instinct to rush to the school, because the cluster of vehicles could make it hard for first responders to get into the building.
"Rushing to school makes it worse," he said. "If there are too many cars in the front of the school and there really was a situation, it would make it hard for first responders to get to the emergency. Sometimes it takes a minute to get answers."
Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs said the lockdown lasted less that five minutes.
Broussard said the school has been taking extra precautions to make the school a safe environment for students and faculty.
"We have been having random metal detector tests much more frequently over the past couple of months," he said. "We have them on random days twice a week now."