Bismarck man charged after concerning social media post

Published: Apr. 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT
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A Legacy High School student has been arrested after threatening to shoot students.

According to the affidavit, a student at the school told a teacher another student was making threats to hurt students and shoot up the school. The student told the teacher it was 19-year-old Brent Basquin making the threats, and it was reported to police and school administration.

Court documents say a meme was posted on Basquin’s Snapchat with profanities saying in part, he didn’t care whether he lived or died, and he was going to use a .45.

The affidavit says police believed the statement was a threat to students, and that several students told LHS administrators they were afraid and wouldn’t be coming to school because of the meme.

Documents say Basquin admitted to posting the threat, but said it was a joke in response to people who had pushed him down and injured his knees. The affidavit says the people who were part of the group where the meme was posted appear to be Basquin’s friends.

While being booked into jail, a bag of what are believed to be hallucinogenic mushrooms were found, according to the affidavit.

Basquin is charged with terrorizing and possession of a hallucinogen.

According to online records, Basquin's bond was set $5,000. He is ordered to remain in the state, cannot have any contact with victims, and he is not allowed to have firearms or use social media. In addition, he has to have a mental health evaluation.

Bismarck Public Schools released this statement in response to the incident:

Yesterday, a Legacy High student posted a threatening message on his personal social media account that did not expressly target any specific student or school. The 19-year-old student was not on campus at the time. Police were immediately notified and the student was arrested. We want parents to have the accurate information about what occurred. LHS works very hard to keep your children safe.

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