A Columbus High School student was arrested Friday for allegedly telling fellow students he planned to kill more than 17 people at the school, two days after 17 people were gunned down in a Florida high school.
Dakota Eisner, 17, appeared Wednesday in Columbia County Circuit Court facing a single felony count of making terrorist threats related to comments and online posts that prosecutors say included specific threats to students and staff at the school.
A judge ordered him held on $5,000 cash bond in the case.
Eisner was arrested at his workplace Friday evening after officers with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department were called to speak with six students who said Eisner made threats at a school rally earlier that day.
Eisner allegedly showed one of the students a text message in which he said that he would “shoot up the school,” on March 1 and planned on “getting more than 17 kills,” referring to the number of dead following the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida.
During a search of Eisner’s North Lewis Street residence, officers reported finding a rifle, two shotguns and 31 rounds of ammunition.
A Columbus police officer who spoke with Eisner reported the student explained that the topic of the Florida school shooting came up and “he made some comments about a future school shooting that he probably should not have made.” The officer said Eisner told him he planned to assemble a gun from parts bought online, but he was too young to actually order the parts.
Assistant District Attorney Troy Cross told Judge Richard Wright that Eisner’s comments appeared to suggest he wanted to kill more people than the Florida shooter.
“Right after the incident in Florida, I think it was a critique in how he would do things better,” Cross said. “He was telling the students how he would do things differently and he actually set a target date of March 1 as when it was going to occur.”
Wright set March 1 as the next court appearance for Eisner.
“Right after the incident in Florida, I think it was a critique in how he would do things better.” — Troy Cross, Columbia County assistant district attorney