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Student charged after making threats

A North County High School student is being charged with a felony after officials said he made threats towards his fellow classmates.

Keith Knox, 18, of Bonne Terre, is now charged with a class D felony of making a terrorist threat.

According to court documents, on April 12 at 1:22 p.m. an officer with the Bonne Terre Police Department was called to North County High School in reference to threats being made. The officer met with the principal and he told the officer that Knox had made threats toward other students.

One student said that Knox told her that he had an AR-15 and she asked him if he would shoot up the school. Knox allegedly told the girl he didn’t know, but if he did she would be the first. The girl went to her teacher and told her what Knox had said.

The teacher then asked Knox is he was joking or was serious about what he had said. Knox said “sure.” The girl also said that Knox said if he was ever suicidal he would shoot up the school and that he has a list of people that he would kill.

She also said that after the school announcements, Knox said “it’s a great day to die for my country,” instead of the school’s motto, “it’s a great day to be a Raider.”

Another student said she and two other students sat with Knox in one of their classes and she confirmed she heard Knox tell the other girl he had an AR-15 and she would be the first to go if he shot up the school.

She also overheard the teacher talking to Knox and said the teacher told him she was going to have to send him to the office. Knox shrugged his shoulders and continued on with class, laughing. The girl also said that Knox had made a comment a few months ago about the other girl being buried in his backyard and that he had the shovel to prove it. She said Knox has joked about killing people for many years.

Another student said that Knox mentioned he has an AR-15 and that he purchased it legally and registered it in his name. He also said he overheard the other student ask if he would shoot up the school and that Knox answered the question with the word “sure.” He went on to say that he didn’t know what Knox meant when he said “sure.”

He also reported that Knox told him he bought the gun for home protection and that it was under his bed. Knox was taken to the Bonne Terre Police Department for questioning, where he waived his Miranda Rights.

Knox filled out a statement form at the police department and in it he said he was being bullied, so he threatened his instigators to get them to leave him alone. He also said he threatened to shoot up the school if they didn’t leave him alone.

The officer asked Knox if he had a firearm and Knox said all he had was a BB gun, not a real firearm. Knox was released from the police department after questioning.

Knox is wanted on a warrant with a $10,000 bond.



Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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