HAMILTON – A Darby High School student made his first court appearance Tuesday after being accused of making threats on social media to other students.
Ravalli County prosecutors have charged Maclean William Kayser, 18, with one felony count of intimidation and one felony count of assault with a weapon after a number of witnesses reported conversations and social media posts where he made direct threats toward the school, and referenced the deadly Florida shooting last week.
According to court documents, Kayser made statements to about ten students that early last week that they should wear certain colors to avoid being shot at school.
After the Florida school shooting last week, he referenced the shooting very specifically in a social media post saying, “coming soon to Darby.”
Kayser admitted to the statements he made in the hallway at school to investigators, but said that he viewed his activity as a joke.
In court Tuesday, Judge Jim Bailey said he considered Kayser a serious threat to the community and set his bail at $50,000.
If he makes bail, he is prohibited from going on school property or initiating contact with people at school. His access to school property and internet are restricted.
Kayser’s next court appearance is expected to be sometime in March.
You can view the court documents here.
Reporting by Augusta McDonnell for MTN News