Teen’s Facebook Death Threats Lead To Fight, Suspensions

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

ANOKA, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota mother is outraged that a friend of her son’s posted a threat on Facebook to kill him at Anoka High School. She’s upset the school suspended him for just two days.

Both 14-year-old Brandon Larsen and 15-year-old Euris Marshall are students at Anoka High school.

Euris now faces a possible expulsion, but only because of a later fight between the two boys.

Both the school district and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said this case is not unusual.

Euris said he is now sorry for the threats he posted.

“I know what I said on Facebook that was to extreme,” said Euris. “I threatened him. I said I was going to shoot him.”

For the Facebook threats, Euris got a two-day suspension. When he returned to school after the Thanksgiving break, he and the boy he threatened, Brandon, got into a fist fight.

“He swung at me and then we fought from there,” said Euris.

The school has surveillance video and told both boys they couldn’t tell who started the fight. So both boys were suspended for 10 days.

Euris now faces a Dec. 13 hearing to see if he will be expelled. The Facebook threats against Brandon and his family are laced with profanities and are still posted.

Brandon’s mother, Cindy, says the school failed to take steps to keep the two boys apart and that the initial two-day suspension was too little.

“He said that he was going to murder my son. He was going to shoot him, he was going to put metal in his chest,” said Cindy Larsen.

But Sandy Jackson feels her son, Euris, should be allowed back in school even though she agrees he was wrong.

“I know my son. I know he can do better,” said Jackson.

As for the fight, Cindy Larsen said the school showed her son a videotape of the fight from a surveillance camera.

“Brandon said ‘I didn’t throw the first punch. I didn’t throw the second punch and it’s all in the surveillance tape,'” said Larsen.

The Larsen family called the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office about the threats but was told there was nothing that could be done.

According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, if someone makes a threat they will only be prosecuted if they have the ability to carry out the threat.

Deputies determined that Euris did not have access to a gun.

Mary Olson, a spokesperson for the Anoka County Schools said the school district did all it could to discipline both boys. As for the Facebook threats, Olson said it is difficult for schools to discipline students for actions that do not take place at school.

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  • Dave

    Schools are now institutions for the budding criminally insane amongst us.

    I’m glad my name isn’t Euris.

    • http://facebook Euris

      Like I said… Im honestly am sorry too all parents that know’s there is something wrong with this. “In the comments, I never said I was going too shoot him in school.”
      @david: what you saw on the news… Wasnt half of what my mom said, I have an intelligant mother, she was very un-aware of the facebook incident, so she’s not defending me in anyway.

  • Bud

    Authorities determined he did not have access to a gun? Get real, are they mind readers and know all of this kid’s contacts or potential contacts? A death threat is a death threat, period. This kid needs help….and not in school!

  • Joe

    My name is Euris, I likes me some bubba scrimps

  • http://facebook Euris

    No I did not have a gun, and they had the right too check… But never did.

  • Joseph

    Clearly Euris did not have a proper upbringing to be at his age and making terroristic threats or he “did” have proper upbringing but has chosen to ignore it. For one… the anger issues should have been address at a much younger age and Two… his education it seems, was not first on the parents list. I feel bad for Euris. If you don’t get a firm start with morality, honesty and goodness at home your chances in the real world are diminished greatly. Euris, If you are reading this, ask yourself “Do I want goodness and honesty in my life or hatred and lies?” When you answer that your on your first step in the right direction and its up to you to keep in that direction for the rest of your life. Trust me, honest good people are much easier to be around the rest of your life than dishonest or bad people. Good luck and God bless.

  • http://facebook Euris

    @joesph: thank you very much, that is 1 major thing I do think about. My anger problems were brought up last year… After another inccident, but are strictly un control.

    • Ty

      Thank you Euris for at least trying to stand up for Hailey, I know it wasn’t the best way to deal with this issue. However a fight goes two ways and if you were the first to death threats I’m sure Brandon said some stuff the kindle your fire.

      • Joe

        @ty, im euris’s friend and thank you for se both side instead of calling him a terrorist off the back…

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  • Dee Dee

    Euris… learn from this… stay your tail out of trouble and keep your head up.Your past does not have to determine your future….

  • Dee Dee

    Euris… I have to commend you for admitting your mistake. I know some adults who refuse to take responsibility for their actions. As for your mom, she is supposed to stand by you however I do hope she will give you her own consequences in addition to the ones you have already recieved. Those who feel that they have to judge this family really need to stop. I’m not making excuses but we really don’t know what this family has gone through and its wrong to assume that Euris didn’t have proper upbringing. We need to remember that Euris is only 15 years old and he isn’t going to think or act like an adult. He’s already admitted to having anger issues, I can almost bet that he has impulse control issues as well. Instead of verbally beating him up, how about we encourage him to attend anger management classes, especially one that teache DBT skills, go to counseling or talk with a pastor if you attend a local church, find positive things in the community to do.. and don’t forget to make amends with the young man you threatened. that is key to the both of you being able to heal.. Learn from this young man and get your life back on track.
    Blessings to you!

  • Jessica

    This should not have gotten to this level since Euris stated he has had past anger issues. And if his anger has been addressed and he has had extensive counseling, then this definitely brings attention to a lot of people that you do whatever it takes to address these issues right from birth on when you notice your child handling their anger unappropriately for their age level. I have learned from this story and will address my child differently who is very strong willed and expresses anger in ways that are not appropriate.

  • Jessica

    Euris learn from this and be a teacher to others and share your story so that other kids see the seriousness of this and anger issues. I wish you the best of luck and Dee Dee is right, don’t let this determine your future. If life has been going down the wrong road for you, now is your opportunity to turn that corner and go the right way.
    I hope the media is giving us the whole story and not just writing what they want in this, for all parties involved.
    Law Enforcement shocks me that they can’t do anything because there was no access to a gun. Who are we kidding here? We all know if someone truly wants to kill someone, they will find the means to do it. This should have been taken very seriously and I don’t agree with a two day punishment either. What about the Terroristic Threats charges? Why can’t those be enforced? Or an OFP? This situation is only doing more harm for the other kids out there who think they can get away with anything.

  • Jadd

    I have seen more than one Terroristic Threats stories on WCCO to know this kid is getting a free pass.

    I don’t want to see the kid get expelled, but this is a good example of how laws are writen for the media to incite civil unrest when it fits their narratives.

  • Jess

    The problem here is not you Euris anymore… i think you are truly sorry… but think about how Brandon and his family must feel right now… fear is the only thing i can think of

    bullying has become an epidemic in our high schools and it is not taken seriously enough.

    this needs to set a precedent to other kids in our schools if one kid gets away with a slap on the wrist, other kids are going to think they can get away with it.

    You may be sorry Euris but what you said was very serious and needs to be treated that way

    one last note, this has nothing to do with you personally Euris, but as for how the treat is being taken by the police… He may not seem to have access to a gun but what about his friends, or neighbors if someone really wants to they can find one.. whats going to happen when someone actually has access to a gun… think about how many deaths have occurred because of bullying just this year alone. someone needs to step up and make a difference to these kids who are being threatened and bullied, why cant anoka hennipin be the ones to do it.

    • euris

      ok, sorry’s they dont cut it ..! but when i sit up here and try to tell the whole entire world that is was just said outta anger, and when two ppl are getting into it ..
      ! of course alotta stuff is gonna be said outta anger, so i’d really like if you ppl jump off jock and go work ya block cause im doing just fine now, im EURIS MARSHALL ! i speak for myself not any of yall so dont make it seem like you know the life im living when you dont !!

  • stefanie

    These threats need to be taken seriously, and dealth with right away. How do they think these school shootings happen. They sit back, and don’t do anything. They don’t take the threats seriously, or assume they don’t have access to guns, or “he seemed like such a nice kid, I can’t believe he did this” Kids can get their hands on just above anything they want now days. Parents should not be naive. If you look at any of the school shootings that have happened, there has been writting on the wall leading up to it, but no one that it would ever come to be that the kids would do anything.

    The reality of it is, we live in a world where kids even in the kindergarten level have to practice lock downs, and have security cameras in teh schools. Kids schold feel safe at school-PERIOD!

    • stefanie

      Sorry, noticed I had a few typo’s, but it drives me NUTS that the school and police department claim their hands are tied and could not do anything about it.

  • Carlos R.

    This is ridiculous, a “DEATH THREAT” regardless of how plausible as magically determined by the tarot card reading police is all the same a death threat! I understand that these are very young boys but if there are not serious ramifications with respect to a DEATH THREAT to shoot someone, this sets a terrible standard for others. I’m sure though if the threats were made towards the Prosecutors child or any of the officers who looked into his “ABILITY” to carry out such a threat, this would be treated much differently. SO, im guessing this is selective enforcement? Is there some sort of enforcement lottery?

  • Joe

    To all the people and parents that are scared for this little boy, im euris friend and go to the same school… and with th fight, brandon did start it and thats the only reason this is getting any type of report because Euris serv his time for saying threats, which he took responsiblity of. after the suspension he didnt pot anymore threats towards Brandon. brandon spark the fight, caused it, swung 1st and everythig so MAKE SURE YOU GET THAT STRAIGHT! because is annoying that people are veiwing euris as criminal or villan when he isnt. Brandon is not innocent or anyhting gt that straight

  • Terry

    i dont get how brandon saying he did not throw a punch if i had seen it
    They have euris like really a criminal that not right

  • dylan

    ok look. I know from experience brandon likes to fight, i seen him fight, also i got into it with him after a football game because he was gettin my friend. i punched him after throwing him to the ground in a head lock, the kid likes to run his mouth, and does throw the first punch. only stops when he knows hes gonna lose::)). both kids are at fault, i dont think guns should have been mentioned. regardlees. of what happenned kids will be kids, fights will happen, whether or not you have a good upbringing. conflict is natural to human beings

    • dyylanm

      also brandon had about 30 kids with him to fight jake, , i had three with me. 30 kids can kill sopmebody just as good as a gun can. so euris im on your side dude i can see why there was a fight.. to this day me and brandon have no problems because he learned his lesson, the right way. no weapons. just fists.! …………………………………………….

  • dylan

    also brandon had about 30 kids with him to fight jake, , i had three with me. 30 kids can kill sopmebody just as good as a gun can. so euris im on your side dude i can see why there was a fight.. to this day me and brandon have no problems because he learned his lesson, the right way. no weapons. just fists.

  • DYlan

    also brandon had about 30 kids with him to fight jake, , i had three with me. 30 kids can kill sopmebody just as good as a gun can. so euris im on your side dude i can see why there was a fight.. to this day me and brandon have no problems because he learned his lesson, the right way. no weapons. just fists.!

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