Ex-student's bail revoked in Dallastown HS threat case
A former Dallastown Area High School senior accused of making threats at the school in March is back in prison after having his bail revoked, according to court records.
Brandon Jamal Thompson, 19, appeared in York County Court on Monday, Aug. 6, where Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook revoked the young man's bail and ordered him remanded to York County Prison.
Thompson's bail was revoked because he violated his curfew more than two dozen times and also tested positive for alcohol, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.
Thompson, of Chambers Ridge Drive in York Township, now has no bail, King confirmed.
He remains charged with one count of making terroristic threats; his trial is tentatively scheduled for the September criminal trial term, court records state.
The young man was arrested March 1 after he allegedly threatened to shoot teachers at the high school — a threat that police said was overheard by witnesses.
Thompson's bail originally was set at $225,000, but defense attorney Chris Ferro balked and filed a bail-reduction motion, arguing that locking up the student on a charge that likely will result in a time-served sentence or probation is "unconscionable" and a "complete miscarriage of justice."
Ferro also argued in March that Thompson never had any issues at the school prior to the alleged threats.
After spending about two weeks in prison, Thompson was released on his own recognizance March 16 after Judge Cook agreed to make his bail non-monetary, according to court records.
His bail was revoked Monday because he violated the terms of his supervised probation, according to King.
Also, court records reveal that in June, Thompson was charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana.
The background: According to charging documents, Thompson was overheard about 9:15 a.m. March 1 yelling at a student, "Don't come to school tomorrow," and a witness alerted school staff.
School administrators immediately detained Thompson and alerted York Area Regional Police, according to a statement from the school district.
Police spoke with students with whom Thompson rode to school that morning and were told that in the vehicle Thompson said that one day, someone was going to "push his buttons to the max," charging documents allege.
He then allegedly said, "I'm going to come to school tomorrow with a gun, and teachers are the first victims," documents state.
Once at the school and walking through the lot to the building, Thompson pointed out another student and said, "that's going to be my first victim," documents allege.
Joking? After walking inside the building, Thompson raised his hands and made a shooting gesture at a group of students about 7:30 a.m., according to charging documents.
Police interviewed Thompson shortly before noon March 1. He told them he had heard about threats being made in other school districts and "thought it would be a joke to say it," according to documents.
Asked about the student he had pointed out and allegedly identified as his first victim, Thompson told officers that if he really wanted to shoot the boy, he would have done it already, documents state.
One of Thompson's parents told officers that Thompson had seemed depressed for several weeks, according to police.
Ferro could not be reached for comment.
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