Conway Student Appears in Court for School Shooting Threat

(Updated story)

CONWAY, Ark. - A Conway High School student who allegedly threatened to shoot up the school appeared in court Monday.
 
The judge ruled the following for the student, who has been identified as Seth Stone, 18:
- $100,000 bond
- Must wear a GPS monitor if he gets out on bond
- Subject to drug screenings
- A "No Contact" Order with the Conway School District
- Stone shall surrender his passport and all weapons from his family home  
 
According to a court affidavit, on Feb. 4, a concerned student showed his father some of Stone's Instagram posts, which the father then screenshotted and showed to police officers. The posts were made on or around Feb. 1. 
 
The affidavit describes Stone's three threatening instagram posts as follows.
 
The first post was a picture of a young man (later identified as Stone) taking a "selfie" holding an assault-style rifle.
 
The second post was a picture of a Stone, this time wearing sunglasses, with his hand positioned as if it were holding a gun and pointing it at the camera. The caption read, "See you at school tomorrow," followed by an emoji character of a human skull. 
 
The third post was a video in which the viewer could see the barrel of a gun and a piece of wood set up as a target with an orange bulls eye drawn in the center. The video appeared to be taken by Stone, who was holding the gun, and his voice could be heard saying, "Y'all thought I was playing." Then, he fired the gun at the target. The caption read "Y'all thought I was playing? #guns #shotgun #shootupthewholeschool."
 
Based on the fact that Stone had access to a gun or guns, and a working knowledge of them that would enable him to carry out his threats, officers were able to make a "Probable Cause" Arrest. Officers were able to get Stone's address and arrest him.
 
When interviewed, Stone admitted to making the posts and admitted to firing the gun in the video. However, he insisted that the posts were all made as a joke. Seth said some students at his school refer to him as a "school shooter" because he dresses in black clothes. He told police that his posts were essentially just embracing that joke and playing along. Stone told police he did not have any thoughts about or intentions of actually hurting anyone at his school.
 
After the interview, Stone was charged with Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree.

(Original story)

CONWAY, Ark. - Conway police have confirmed the identity of a high school student who is being held for allegedly threatening to shoot up Conway High School.

18-year-old Seth Stone is being held without bond.

Police received a call Saturday night around 8:00 p.m. from a concerned parent sharing a social media post made by a Conway High School student.

We're told officers found the posts believed to be from a student threatening to use a gun to shoot-up the school.

After being picked up for questioning Stone faces a terroristic threatening charge.



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