On Thursday morning, KELOLAND News confirmed a student was arrested because of threats posted on a Facebook profile and Shawn Neisteadt headed to town to gather information. Even at that point, officials weren’t ready to release much information. It wasn’t until just before 5 PM that the state’s attorney released the name, age and charges against 18-year-old Melissa Kruger. And minutes later, court papers were filed and we were able to get copies faxed to us.
That’s where officials confirmed the threats were posted on the Facebook profile for Mark Ray Grey, though they say it belonged to Melissa Rae Kruger. That profile is not open to the public and was not the profile reported to KELOLAND News. The one the tip caller told us about also has disturbing comments about killing people and has messages from Mark Ray Grey, which Shawn brought to the superintendent’s attention. Today, Shawn is looking into just how those two pages are connected.
We’ve also received several comments from people on Thursday’s story, some of whom are from De Smet and are glad officials took the threats seriously. Honestly, as we did our own work back here at the station, it really raised questions about just how often teenagers deal with threatening messages. Katie Janssen is going to talk with students today to find out what kind of comments they’re dealing with these days.