La. man arrested after entering school wearing mask, carrying weapons

Officials say a 21-year-old Basile, La., man has been arrested after he allegedly walked into Iota Middle School wearing a Halloween mask while armed with four knives and a hatchet, the AP reports.

Acadia Parish sheriff’s deputies tell The Advocate ( ) the masked man, identified as Garrett West, entered the school Tuesday wearing khaki overalls, a white Halloween mask, a black wig and a belt around the waist, which held the knives and hatchet.

Deputies say Debra Siebert, the school’s principal, persuaded the man to remove his mask and surrender his weapons.

West was booked on two counts of terrorism, two counts of carrying of a dangerous weapon on school property and two counts of unlawful disruption of a school.

It was unclear whether West has an attorney.


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