Tarkio High School student pleads not guilty in school threat case

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Michael T. Knoth

ROCK PORT, Mo. — A student accused of taking weapons and more than 100 rounds of ammunition to his northwest Missouri school has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges.

Michael Korth, 19, entered the plea Thursday to unlawful use of a weapon and making terrorist threats with reckless disregard.

Korth was arrested last week at Tarkio High School. Prosecutors say he was wearing body armor and military-school clothing when he was stopped. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Knoth appeared in a brief court hearing Thursday. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 29.

Tarkio Superintendent Patrick Martin attended the hearing and praised the high school staff’s reactions during the incident.