By Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - The Jasper County prosecutor will defer prosecution against a man suspected of making a threat in 2012 that prompted a lockdown of Joplin schools.

Twenty-three-year-old Keefe Rearrick was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on charges of making a terrorist threat Wednesday. Instead, Assistant Prosecutor Kimberly Fisher said prosecution was deferred for two more years, with Rearrick required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and follow recommended treatment.

Rearrick is accused of posting a threatening note on his Facebook page in September 2012. The Joplin Globe reports ( ) a police detective who looked at the site a few days later found other content that raised concerns.

Police were concerned enough to call Superintendent C.J. Huff, who ordered a lockdown of all the Joplin public schools for about 1½ hours in October 2012.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe,

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