Tarkio High School student arrested for bringing handgun and ammunition to school


Michael T. Knoth

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ATCHISON COUNTY, Mo. — A Tarkio high school student was arrested on Thursday after authorities say he brought a gun to school.

Michael T. Knoth, 19, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and making a terrorist threat.

Knoth went to school Thursday morning wearing military style clothing and wearing assault level ballistic chest and back body armor, according to a police report. Around 9:45 a.m., police were called after he showed another student a fully loaded magazine, which was inside the body armor vest he was wearing.

Police said that student notified administrators of the ammunition Knoth had brought to school.

School officials took him to the in-school suspension room and called police. At one point, Knoth reportedly attempted to leave the room with his backpack, but a school administrator physically grabbed the backpack and took it away from him, and told him to be seated until police arrived.

Officers searched Knoth’s backback and found numerous fully loaded magazines as well as a handgun. Knoth was then arrested and officers searched his vehicle, finding more fully loaded magazines.

In all, the report said the 19-year-old had brought more than 600 rounds of ammunition to school.

The school was locked down for approximately 2 hours while officers did a sweep of the building.

During an interview, police said Knoth admitted to having conducted internet searches on mass shootings.

Knoth is currently being held at the Atchison County Sheriff’s office as the investigation continues.

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