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Court Upholds Findings In Seymour School Shooting Threats

Last updated on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

(SEYMOUR) - A Seymour High School student who threatened and planned to shoot students at the school was properly declared a delinquent even though part of the evidence came from Facebook postings.

That's from an opinion upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

The incident began in January when the student, only identified at M.T.V., was discussing plans to shoot a number of people at the school on April 20, noting the anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School.

The student also was heard talking about how he had an accomplice in this would-be shooting.

The student that overheard this conversation, informed school officials, leading to an investigation and M.T.V. being arrested.

During a hearing in May, prosecutors sought to admit Facebook conversations into evidence. The defense objected, arguing that the conversations were not properly authenticated and contained inadmissible hearsay. Those social media conversations were ultimately admitted into evidence.

According to court documents, after the end of the hearing, the student admitted to one incident of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery as a minor.

The defense later appealed that conviction, claiming that the Facebook conversations should not have been accepted as evidence.

On Thursday, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling, stating that the Facebook conversations could be used as evidence.

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