BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made with threats toward Triton High School
On December 3, 2015 deputies from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received a report that 18-year-old senior at Triton High School had made threats towards the school.
Deputies were informed that 18-year-old Matthew Caleb McIntire had asked a juvenile friend in the hallway if they ever felt like shooting up the school. Another juvenile student overheard the comment and questioned McIntire about it. McIntire allegedly told the student they should “wear orange to school tomorrow.” The juvenile then asked if they should stay home tomorrow to which McIntire allegedly replied “Yes”.
While deputies were interviewing the witnesses, additional deputies and Investigators were working to locate McIntire. He was located at his place of employment and arrested a short time later without incident. After receiving consent, Deputies also searched his residence and his vehicle. McIntire was interviewed by Investigators and eventually admitted to making the statements but stated they were not serious in nature and that he was just joking around.
McIntire was transported to the Steele County jail and held for court. He appeared in Dodge County District Court Friday, Dec. 4 and was formally charged with 1 count of Felony Terroristic Threats. The judge ordered either a $10,000 un-conditional bail or ROR with conditions. McIntire was ROR’d and placed on house arrest at his parent’s residence under their supervision. He was also ordered to have no access to firearms.
“While this investigation is ongoing, and we can’t be sure what this young man’s actual intentions were, we know that teenagers can make all sorts of comments that they may not necessarily mean, often without really thinking through the consequences,” explained Sheriff Rose. “The problem here is you just can’t make threats like this. Certainly not in the current state our country is in. We have to take every threat seriously and follow through accordingly to insure the safety of the public and our deputies. Our patrol, investigations, and dispatch staff did a great job last night handling this situation quickly and without incident. They also made sure things were safe at the school this morning.”
The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the students and family members who shared their concerns with deputies and hopes this serves as a reminder to be sure to call law enforcement anytime a threat is made to our schools, their staff, or their students.
McIntire’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec 16.