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Teen charged in high school threat gets probation

MANTORVILLE — A former Triton High School student accused of threatening to bring a gun to school has been placed on probation and ordered to write a letter of apology.

Matthew Caleb McIntire, 18, of Dodge Center, pleaded guilty in April to one count of felony terroristic threats. He was sentenced Wednesday in Dodge County District Court.

In addition to the five years of probation, McIntire must also pay a $1,000 fine or complete 100 hours of community work service, and obtain his high school diploma.

The investigation began Dec. 3, when law enforcement was contacted by employees at Triton High School. Earlier that day, the complaint says, a female student overheard McIntire ask a friend, "Do you ever feel like shooting up the school?"

When the girl asked McIntire what he meant by it, he allegedly told her she should "wear orange to school tomorrow." When the female student asked if she should just stay home the next day, McIntire told her yes.


He was arrested later that day at his job and questioned. When an investigator asked if he'd made some comments at school that could cause alarm, McIntire said, "Is that what this is about?"

He admitted to making the statement, the court document says, but said he was just joking around.

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