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Teen Charged After Threatening to 'Shoot Up' Sparta High School

SPARTA, Mo. -- A teen was charged Friday after making threats to "shoot up" Sparta High School earlier last week.

Cooper Hyde, 17, of Sparta, was charged with one class E felony count of making a terroristic threat after a report was made to police that students had overheard Hyde threatening to "shoot up" the school on graduation day, according to Christian County court documents.

A Sparta police officer included in the probable cause statement that multiple students notified Sparta High School staff that between April 2 and April 5 they overheard Hyde speaking to another student during gym class.

The student Hyde was speaking with asked him if he would attend the graduation ceremony and Hyde allegedly said "I wouldn't show up if I were you" and held up his hand like a handgun. After being told to stop talking like that, some students said Hyde said "everyone here looks like they want to live," or "you wouldn't snitch."

Students also said they are "afraid to be around Cooper," according to the probable cause statement.

The police officer brought Hyde to the police department on April 12. During an interview, Hyde admitted to the alleged statements and additionally made them throughout the school year, according to the probable cause statement.

Hyde said in the interview that he has a "dark side" which is meant to "make people laugh" and that the dark side is "a joke at [his] expense." He said if he doesn't make jokes like this he feels "weak and vulnerable."

Hyde also admitted to drawing a map of the high school. The map allegedly marked the "music" room and "gym" which are rooms where students gather for graduation. However, Hyde denied in the interview that he knew students gathered in those rooms for graduation, according to the probable cause statement.

Hyde said in the interview that he would never shoot or blow up the school. 

Hyde was recently released from probation in December 2017 for making similar threats at the beginning of the school year, according to the probable cause statement.


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