The Latest: Bail set at $250K in school gun threat case

June 5, 2019

BELGRADE, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a video threat at Belgrade High School (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Bail was set at $250,000 for an 18-year-old Montana man who is charged with disposing of a gun used in a video that prompted a security alert at Belgrade schools.

ABC Fox Montana reports David James Oster of Belgrade appeared before Gallatin County Justice of the Peace Rick West on Wednesday. Prosecutors asked the judge to take into consideration the current political climate around school shootings when setting bail.

Schools in Belgrade were put on shelter-in-place status on Tuesday afternoon after a video posted on social media showed four students, including one pointing a gun at the camera, as the names of students scrolled by on the screen.

Oster is charged with felony tampering with evidence. Court records say he acknowledged disposing of the gun in a portable toilet. Police have recovered the weapon. He did not enter a plea.


8:25 a.m.

Four Belgrade School District students face felony intimidation charges after a video posted on social media showed one student pointing a gun at the camera as the names of students scrolled by on the screen.

The schools in the town just northwest of Bozeman were put on shelter-in-place Tuesday afternoon while the boy and three girls were taken into custody. Belgrade police say a man also faces a charge of tampering with evidence.

Police Chief E. J. Clark says the video was made off campus and no guns were found at the school. He didn’t release any further information about the suspects because the case is still being investigated.

Belgrade Superintendent Godfrey Saunders says the middle school graduation was rescheduled from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning.


Information from: KWYB-TV, http://abcfoxmontana.com

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