Monett teen charged with terrorist threat

Monett teen charged with terrorist threat
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Authorities issued a warrant for arrest of Alejandro Gonzalez, 17, for first degree terrorist threat with a $10,000 bond. He’s currently in custody at the Monett Justice Center.

On Monday, March 11th, 2019, the Monett Police Department was contacted by the Monett High School staff in reference to a possible threat of school shooting that was sent through social media.

Around fifteen students checked out of school due to the possible threat, according to police.

Officers responded to the Monett High School to meet with staff and get updated information. Police say the school was placed into lockdown for around an hour while the suspected student was taken into custody without incident.

The Monett High School property was searched to assure no danger was present and the lockdown was lifted with the students returning to a normal schedule.

Police say Gonzales was found in possession of a weapon (knuckles) and spent ammunition. Police say Gonzales was cooperative throughout the investigation.

Under current Missouri law, 17-year-olds are considered adults.