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Crandon sixth grader: classmate pulled knife, gun on me, threatened to kill meSubmitted: 10/19/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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Crandon sixth grader: classmate pulled knife, gun on me, threatened to kill me
CRANDON - "It was scary," Kadan Otter said bluntly Thursday, talking about his experience last Friday night at the Crandon football game.

Otter, a sixth grader in Crandon, was playing pickup football behind the bleachers when, he says, he became the victim of a serious threat from a classmate.

"He found me, then he pushed me on the ground, and took out a knife, and then he pointed it at me and he said he's going to kill me," Otter said.

Not long after, Otter said, another threat came from the student.


"He took [a] gun and pointed it at me again and said he was going to kill me," he said.

Otter's mother, Melinda Otter, can't be sure if the gun was real. She's concerned for her son, but is also frustrated with how the school responded, saying she didn't hear from the school until four days later.

"I kind of just waited for them to contact me," Melinda Otter said. "They never contacted me."

Melinda Otter posted a long Facebook message Tuesday, asking for "Justice for my child."

In the message, she says teachers at the game searched the student's backpack, but not on his body, where the gun was. Melinda Otter says the boy tossed the gun into tall grass while leaving the football field.

That Facebook message has drawn dozens of comments and hundreds of shares.

"I wanted the parents and staff to know about the situation, so they can have their heads up, too, and watch," Melinda Otter said. "Something has to be done. Something has to change. This school has to change."

"There's a lot of untruths out there right now," said Crandon Superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder on Thursday.

Kryder didn't go into specifics, but said the situation was handled properly by the district.

"There was a search, seizure, and police involvement within minutes, and all protocol as followed at the time," Kryder said.

He also said the student is suspended.

"Safety is the most thing. We get 850 kids in and out of our building every day in a very safe manner, and we'll continue to do so," Kryder said. "We are handling this in as professional a manner as possible and do not feel anyone is in danger in any way in our schools."

Melinda Otter has yet to be convinced.

"I want Kadan to feel safe while he's trying to learn," she said, but added she doesn't feel confident in the situation now.

Melinda Otter wants student expelled, and so does her son.

"I don't feel safe with him back at the school," Kadan Otter said.

The incident has already had an impact on school enrollment. Another mother said she action she took action because of the situation, withdrawing two of her daughters from Crandon. They will start classes at the Laona School District on Monday.

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