Sparta Teen Charged with Making Threat at School

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by Sam Clanton

 

SPARTA, Mo. – A teenager is facing a felony charge for allegedly making threats to shoot up Sparta High School.

Christian County court records show 17-year-old Cooper Hyde of Sparta is charged with making a terroristic threat.

According to a probable cause statement, multiple students notified school staff last week that they heard Hyde talk about staging an assault during graduation ceremonies, and then he warned them not to snitch.

Hyde reportedly admitted to the statements during an interview with police, but he said it was an attempt at dark humor, and that he would never shoot up or blow up the school.

Hyde was recently released from probation for making similar threats at the beginning of the school year, according to the probable cause statement.