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Savannah student in custody after making alleged threat

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A Savannah High School student is in custody after allegedly threatening to undertake a mass murder at his campus.

Extra officers were planned to be stationed at the school for the remainder of the week, but those plans were scrapped after classes were canceled due to the snow and ice. Some parents want beefed up security for the remainder of the year. 

The student, Austin Dent, faces two charges of making a terroristic threat. He is being held without bond.

"After speaking with administrators, we decided to take Mr. Dent into custody," police Chief David Vincent said.

The Savannah Police Department and Savannah School District issued a joint statement Wednesday night.

The statement said students reported hearing the student make threats about hurting "the safety of Savannah High School students" on Friday.

District administrators questioned the student and police were notified.

"After evaluation, the student was taken into custody by the Savannah Police Department," the statement concluded. "All threats are taken seriously. Student safety continues to be our highest resolve. The Savannah Police Department will have an increased presence at the high school for the remainder of the week."

A district patron posted on KCTV5's Facebook page that authorities discovered YouTube video that the student had posted of his weapons and a list of potential victims.

A parent told KCTV5 that her son was on the reported hit list, but police denied that such a list exists. However, they say two witnesses heard Dent's threats.

Court documents allege that Dent remarked that he planned to blow up his school. When confronted, he claimed "he didn't mean it," according to court documents.

On Wednesday, Dent supposedly said, "Since Friday is the last day of the world, he is bringing a gun to school on Friday and shoot everyone up," according to court records.

Dent's family declined comment. They have hired an attorney.

Savannah is in Andrew County in northwest Missouri.

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