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Platte County R-3 School Board hears from county prosecutor

Students, parents, patrons of district considered crime victims

by Dave Kinnamon
Landmark editor

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd was spotted heading into a special executive session meeting of the Platte County R-3 School Board Monday night.

Zahnd met with the board for the first 1 hour, 10 minutes of the meeting. Zahnd said he was updating the board and administrators about his felony cases against R-3 high school students Trevor Fattig and Sean Amos.

Zahnd charged both 17-year-olds with the felony of making terrorist threats after they allegedly made repeated vocal communications that they had a plan to shoot an administrator, faculty and students as well as detonate explosives in the gym.
Zahnd devoted much of his discussion to victims' rights.

“The ‘victims’ of this crime are the students, patrons and parents of this school district,” Zahnd told The Landmark immediately after the meeting. “I view the board of education as the official representatives of the victims of the crime that occurred. I am treating them like any other crime victim.”

That treatment includes regular updates about the status of the prosecution and information about resources available to the crime victims, Zahnd said.

Contacted after the meeting, Dr. Mark Harpst, R-3 superintendent, and school board members had no comment about the executive session.

As exclusively reported in The Landmark last week, Fattig posted his cash-only bond of $15,000 last Wednesday and was placed under electronic shackling (house arrest) which forbids him from leaving his residence.

Amos then posted bond the same bond amount on Friday, and will also be subject to the electronic shackling which limits him to his home address.



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