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Monett student arrested for making terroristic threat, unlawful use of weapons

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Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 8:30 am

A Monett teen was arrested last week on charges he allegedly threatened to shoot up his school and displayed weapons in a threatening manner. Kaleb Evans-Lee Switzer, 17, was taken into custody on Thursday, March 1, on one charge of making a terroristic threat and two charges of unlawful use of weapons.

According to the probable cause statement, a Monett police officer was alerted by Monett High School administration that several students had reported that Switzer had made threatening statements on March 1 about “shooting up the school.”

In the probable cause statement, the officer said five other students were interviewed about Switzer’s statements. A student said Switzer talked about the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. by a 19-year-old on Wed., Feb. 14.

“One student said Switzer made a remark about a recent school shooting … ‘This is how he messed up; this is how I would do it.’”

The student reported Switzer said he would change clothes to avoid detection, and he had “15 escape routes to get out of the school.” He also detailed his plans, including the time of day and the location of the attack.

Two other students said Switzer displayed a knife “in a threatening manner towards them” on different occasions, at least one of which was at school.

One student said, ‘Since the beginning of the year, Kaleb has changed. It’s like he flipped a switch and had become mean when he used to be quiet and reserved.”

The student said Switzer loses his temper and has told them and teachers to ‘F*** off’ before storming out of the classroom on more than one occasion.”

The probable cause statement also mentioned Switzer told a student “he would shoot them if they went against him.”

Police found Switzer at the Scott Regional Technical Center, where he was in possession of a “concealable credit card-type knife, which three students described and said he had displayed at school.”

Switzer gave police permission to search his car, where two other knives, a 3.25-inch lock-blade knife and a military style-knife with a 6.25-inch blade were also found.

Interviewed at the Monett Police Station, Switzer denied making any threats or statements towards the school or his fellow students. He did tell police he had access to a .22 rifle, a .22 revolver and a nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol. Those guns were taken into custody.

As of presstime, Switzer was in custody at the Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond. If released on bail, he will be required to stay at least 1,000 feet away from Monett schools and the Monett YMCA.

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