Two Platte County High School students face felony
charges of making terroristic threats for allegedly
telling classmates they planned to carry out a
Columbine-style shooting at the high school in
Class D felony charges were filed on Monday against
Trevor P. Fattig and Sean M. Amos, both age 17
and both of Platte City. Prosecutors say Fattig
and Amos told schoolmates they intended to use
guns and explosives in an assault on the school.
Authorities allege the teens said they would carry
out the violence on April 20, which is the anniversary
of the Columbine school shooting in unincorporated
Jefferson County Colorado near Denver.
The teenagers' alleged plot for a day of violence,
according to court papers filed by prosecutors,
include a plan to shoot the assistant principal
at the high school. Fattig and Amos allegedly
told five witnesses not to attend school on that
day because they were going to bring an "AK-47"
and a "magnum" to school.
The plan allegedly called for holding the assistant
principal at gunpoint while he made an announcement
for everyone to report to the gymnasium. The teens
told classmates they would have explosives planted
in the gym. Once everyone was in the gym, the
alleged plot would consist of shooting the assistant
principal and opening fire on students and faculty.
"The defendant(s) stated to witnesses that
they were going to conduct this act of violence
because there had not been one in a while and
to mark the anniversary of Columbine," Platte
City Police Detective Beth Willoughby said in
a statement of probably cause filed with the court.
Authorities say they can't be certain Fattig
and Amos truly intended to carry out the threats,
but simply making the threats is enough to warrant
the felony charges.
"In today's world, we simply must treat
threats to carry out school violence very seriously,"
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said this
As exclusively reported in last week's issue
of The Landmark, Platte City Police and the Platte
County Sheriff's Department had been investigating
the threats for several days. Police presented
their case to prosecutors last Friday.
After their arrests, bond for each was set at
$15,000 cash-only. Both remained in custody as
of late Tuesday.
Judge James Van Amburg entered pleas of not guilty
for the suspects. The pair will be in court on
May 2 at 9 a.m. for a docket call in front of
Judge Van Amburg.
Authorities reported searching the home of at
least one of the suspects and found no evidence
of weapons or explosives. A search of the home
of the other suspect is "likely," authorities
If convicted, Fattig and Amos face a maximum
of four years in prison for making the threats.
Court documents indicate that in January of this
year in a counseling session with the Platte County
R-3 School District social worker, Fattig drew
a CD cover depicting a school shooting as his
"expression of life.
Det. Willoughby, in court papers, says Fattig
admitted to her and to Det. Pete Edlund of the
sheriff's department that he has "violent
thoughts" all day.
Court papers also indicate that Platte County
R-3 School administration has reported students
and parents have expressed concern about attending
or allowing students to attend school on Thursday,
April 20. That date marks a very important time
for the school district due to the administration
of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test,
which affects the accreditation of the school
It should be noted the high school subsequently
delayed MAP testing this week, but not due to
the threats of violence. The testing was delayed
due to the death of R-3 student David Scheetz,
who will be buried Thursday. Scheetz was killed
in a car accident over the weekend (see separate
This is the second straight year threats at the
high school have been targeted during MAP testing
week. Last April, the middle school and high school
were evacuated after a threat of an explosive
device was phoned into the high school. Area law
enforcement agencies with specially trained dogs
conducted a thorough search of the interior and
exterior of the building. The search took 90 minutes
as staff and students were evacuated to the baseball
fields and football stadium.
Police at the time believed they had solid leads
in that case but no charges were ever filed.