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Teen charged with making terroristic threats at Crowder College

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NEOSHO, MISSOURI -

Charged are filed against a Lockwood, Missouri man after police say he made terroristic threats at Crowder College, Neosho.  Police say threats against students, staff, and faculty came from one person, and since that person has been arrested, there's no more cause for concern.

17-year-old Anthony Volkman has now been charged with a Class D felony of making terroristic threats.  It's punishable by up to four years in prison, or up to one year in jail.

Crowder College students say they're a bit taken back.

"He didn't mean it seriously.  He didn't take it seriously whenever he said those things.  So, I thought he was just messing around.  I didn't know he would pull a stunt like this," says Crowder College freshman student Aaron Zabala.

The "he" Zabala is referring to is Volkman, who police say made threats of shooting people on campus, and he also said he had explosive devices.  Police say the suspect was only an online student at Crowder College.

"He had a friend out there who was staying in the dorms," says Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy.

Zabala says the suspect had actually been staying with his friend in the dorm room for about a week.  Zabala says that dorm room is right across the hallway from his dorm room.

"The suspect was in the cafeteria and he was talking to one of the main people in the cafeteria, he was talking about shooting up the cafeteria.  He was just joking around I guess, and they took it seriously," says Zabala.

Campus security alerted Neosho Police, who then alerted the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  

The day after the suspect allegedly made the threats, police found him inside a van parked near dorm rooms.  Police say he admitted to making the claims, and was arrested without incident.

Then, police found a suspicious package inside the van.  It appeared to look like a bomb:  Inside a plastic tub, with wires.

The Springfield Bomb Squad was called out.

"They did an X-ray of the device.  At that time, the bomb squad had made the decision to not move the item but to detonate it in place," says Chief Kennedy.

No one was injured, and the campus is now off high alert.

"Every once in a while you can get a crazy hair, and things like this will happen.  But it doesn't make me more scared to be here," says Zabala.

The ATF has now determined that the suspicious package was not an explosive device.

This week was already going to be stressful for teachers and students at Crowder College.  This is finals week.  But classes were canceled today so that students and teachers could get back some of the study time they lost during last night's and this morning's high alert.

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