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Boy who allegedly threatened to bring gun to school to remain in custody until Monday

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Dec. 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
December 9, 2010 4:43 pm

A 16-year-old boy accused of threatening to bring a gun to Stadium High School and of making a racially motivated threat to another student will remain in custody until Monday although he has not been charged.

Deputy prosecutor Fred Wist appealed to a judge today to keep the teen locked up until he has a chance to thoroughly review the case and decide whether to charge him.

“It was out of concern for the safety of the community,” Wist said.

The threat prompted a large police turnout before classes started Wednesday morning and for hours after school let out.

No gun was found on campus and no fight broke out.

Police said the threats were made via a text message that several students showed to their parents Tuesday night. Parents then called police.

The threats are connected to a group of students who tried to organize a fight in Wright Park on Tuesday, police have said.

It involves a Hispanic student and a black student though police have declined to provide specifics so that the situation doesn’t become enflamed.

Two others boys arrested in connection to the case were released today because they are first time offenders.

One allegedly brought a small pocket knife to school and the other is accused of arming himself with a metal bar from a barbell.

Police and school security kept an increased presence around Stadium High today to ensure that no violence broke out, school officials said.

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