UPDATE: Teen Sentenced for Lying about School Threat

By: Team Coverage Email
By: Team Coverage Email

UPDATED: Wed 4:53 PM, Jul 17, 2013

A former Medford High School student convicted of lying to officers about hearing a school threat will spend 30 days in the Taylor County jail.

Denarah Kitzman, 17, was granted Huber privileges and will have to write a letter of apology to the victims.

Kitzman reached a plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday. As result, a charge of bail jumping was dismissed.

Online court records now list Kitzman as having a Michigan address.

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UPDATE: Tues 5:12 PM, Jul 16, 2013

A sentencing date has now been rescheduled for a teen accused of lying about hearing a threat at Medford High School in February.

Denarah Kitzman, 17, was scheduled to be sentenced on July 8, however she failed to show up for her court appearance. A bench warrant was issued and Kitzman was arrested in Iron County on July 12.

She remains behind bars in Taylor County on a $500 cash bond.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.

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UPDATED: Tue 3:11 PM, Jul 09, 2013

A bench warrant has now been issued for a Medford High School student accused of lying about overhearing a threat at the school in February.

Online court records show Denarah Kitzman failed to show up for her sentencing hearing on Monday.

The court agreed to allow Kitzman, who now lives in Michigan, the chance to make contact with the court by close of business Tuesday, which she had not done.

Kitzman was released on a $1,000 signature bond on May 31.

Kitzman has two open criminal case. Prosecutors were prepared to offer her a plea deal on Monday.

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UPDATE: 2/28 at 2:22 p.m.

A Medford teen is expected to be tried as an adult after being accused of lying about overhearing a threat at Medford High School on February 21.

Denarah Kitzman, 17, is expected to be charged with obstructing an officer and bail jumping. So far, an initial court appearance date has not been scheduled. Both charges are misdemeanors.

She faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail.

The investigation is still open are more charges could be filed.

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UPDATE: 2/22 at 5:44pm

According to the Medford Police Department a 17-year-old girl is in custody. Police are not releasing a name.

The teen could be facing multiple misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, and bail jumping.

The Taylor County District Attorney's office will decide which charges the student will face.
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UPDATE: 2/22 at 3:11 p.m.

The Medford School District says an arrest has been made following a threat found in the girls' bathroom Wednesday. The school released a statement saying they no longer feel student safety is in question. "We look forward to all of our students returning to school on Monday and getting things back to normal."

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UPDATE 2/22/13

Hundreds of students are absent from all schools in the Medford School District today, a day after an apparent threat was found in the High School's bathroom.

Parents were told about the threat Thursday in a letter from the District, and were told absences Friday would not count against the students.

Friday's attendance is reported as:

Medford High School -140 out of 630 students – 78% absent
Medford Middle School – 225 out of 630 students – 64% absent
Stetsonville Elementary – 91 out of 240 – 62% absent
Medford Elementary – 76% absent

District-wide – 72% absent

Snow in the area Friday may also be a factor in the high number of absences.

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2/21/13
The Medford School District says they won't take any chances after a threat was found in the girls' bathroom Thursday.

The school says they'll check all student backpacks and will have an officer at the school.

The Medford Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff's Department would not say what was found in the bathroom.

Here's a copy of the letter from the district sent to parents.

Today at the high school a specific threat to the safety of our students and staff was discovered in a girl’s bathroom.

The school district takes these threats very seriously.

We will check back packs and coats of everyone who enters the high school.

School will be in session with a strong police presence all day.

You are being notified so that you can make the choice whether or not to send your child to school.

Absences will not negatively affect your child.


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