PARKSTON — An 18-year-old student at Parkston School District was arrested and has been charged for allegedly saying on social media that he would bring a gun to school and "I have a list of who's gonna f------ die."
Ragen Weber, of Parkston, originally was facing the charge of making a terrorist threat, a Class 5 felony, according to recently filed court documents in Hutchinson County. However, Hutchinson County State's Attorney Glenn Roth told the Mitchell Republic on Thursday afternoon the charge would be amended to disturbance of a school as a misdemeanor.
Court documents say Parkston Principal Eric Norden contacted the police department at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. He told an officer that there was a Snapchat message from Weber that stated he planned to bring a gun to school on Monday.
The officer called Weber's mom and dad and asked them down to the police department. The officer asked Weber if he was 18 and he said yes, and he then allegedly admitted to making comments on Snapchat that included "bringing a gun to school and shoot a list of kids." Court documents also say Weber "does have access to guns on a daily basis."
Parkston Superintendent Shayne McIntosh declined to comment Thursday saying, "We do not discuss student matters."
Disturbance of a school as a misdemeanor is a Class 2 misdemeanor, which carries a penalty upon conviction by up to 30 days in prison and a $500 fine. Weber has a status hearing on March 8.