Caldwell student is charged for school threat

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner NewsCow
November 5, 2013 - 11:26:41 pm

A 17-year-old male from Caldwell was charged this week with one count of aggravated criminal threat, a felony, as a result of an incident which resulted in a lockdown of the town’s public school building last week.

The juvenile, whose name is being withheld because he is under 18, has been charged by the Sumner County Attorney’s office with “unlawfully, feloniously, and willfully threatening to commit violence while in school,” on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

The student also faces an alternative count of criminal threat. It is not uncommon for an alternative charge to be filed, just in case jurors don’t believe evidence exists to convict on the more severe felony.

According to the complaint, the juvenile allegedly used words indicating that he was so mad he could kill someone, possibly one of the other students.

He allegedly made such a threat with reckless disregard of the risk of causing a lockdown of any building at the Caldwell USD 360 school district, the complaint read.

The juvenile and his mother are required to appear in Sumner County juvenile court on Nov. 27 at 3:30 p.m. At that time the juvenile will answer to the offense charges in the complaint.

The Caldwell School District operated a lockdown drill in which all doors were locked last week.

KWCH TV in Wichita reported the student was removed from the school and sent to a mental health facility.

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