An 18-year-old Darby resident charged with making threats against his school was released from detention Wednesday.
MacLean William Kayser’s release followed not guilty pleas in Ravalli County District Court to felony charges of intimidation and assault with a weapon. Judge Jeffrey Langton reduced Kayser’s bond from $50,000 to $10,000 at that hearing.
Under the terms of Kayser’s release, he is required to stay at least 1,500 feet away from any school property. He’s not allowed to possess any weapons and none can be stored in his residence. Kayser also can’t access the internet for anything other than school purposes.
During his release, his movements will be monitored via a GPS device.
Kayser was arrested Feb. 18 after Darby students told their parents and school administrators about disturbing posts he allegedly made on Snapchat, which included references to a school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.
Before the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, court documents said Kayser allegedly told classmates he planned “to shoot up the school” and those wearing yellow shirts would be a target, while those wearing red would be safe. On the day of the Florida shooting, Kayser didn’t go to school, but allegedly posted a live feed from the shooting that was labeled “coming soon to Darby.”
On Feb. 15, court documents said he posted a picture of Florida shooting, with the caption: “clearly those kids didn’t wear red shirts.”
During a subsequent interview with authorities, Kayser said he intended the posts to be a joke. Court documents said he expressed remorse over the trouble his activities had caused the community, saying “I’m sorry for scaring everybody.”
Kayser is an honor roll student and a member of an all-star football team.
Two days after Kayser’s arrest, Darby schools received a threatening Snapchat post that was later tracked to a 14-year-old from Los Angeles who apparently knew Kayser from online gaming. That case continues.
In an unrelated case, a Stevensville youth was arrested Feb. 23 after students alerted school administrators about the student’s alleged threats to “shoot up the school” while calling the Florida shooter a hero. The 17-year-old remains in custody.