New London, MO (WGEM) — WGEM News has acquired the Probable Cause Statement for Tyler Lanier who has been charged with making a Terrorist Threat in the 1st Degree towards Mark Twain Junior-Senior High School.
The document states that Lanier knowingly communicated an implied threat to cause an incident or condition involving danger to life, with the purpose of frightening 10 or more people.
“Based on the circumstances and the facts that we’ve gathered thus far, it could’ve been a tragedy,” said Ralls County Sheriff Chief Deputy Ronald Haught.
Court documents show that on February 10 at approximately 8:43 p.m. a deputy responded to reports of a high school student posting Snapchats about a school shooting.
Lanier was contacted and admitted to posting the Snapshots due to having “dark humor.”
Court documents state that during the interrogation, Lanier admitted to thinking school shootings were funny. He also admitted to having access to weapons and recently practicing with firearms.
Documents show Lanier also admitted to talking about sending the audio of gunshots over the loudspeaker at school causing people to run out into the hallway so he could shoot them.
“Parents need to be vigilant and look into what their kids are doing on social media and what they’re doing in their spare time and what type of video games they play and how they interact with those things, or even their social skills,” said Haught. “When you lack social interaction, that breeds this type of situation. Kids live in this fantasy world, they don’t necessarily understand the reality of what they’re doing or thinking.”
Haught says Lanier showed no emotion when admitting to these claims. Haught also says the investigation is just beginning and more arrests could follow.