Teen who threatened to buy gun and shoot people charged

Gabriel T. Pierre (pictured right in Dane County Court) is charged with terrorist threats-public panic/or fear and disorderly conduct.

A 17-year-old Sun Prairie school student who police say threatened to shoot people has been released on a $500 signature bond and ordered to keep off school property.

Gabriel T. Pierre is charged with terrorist threats-public panic/or fear and disorderly conduct.

During a Dane County Circuit Court initial appearance on Dec. 9, Pierre stood mute and the court entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Pierre reportedly told a Sun Prairie teacher that he wanted to be a “shooter” and planned to buy a gun with his next paycheck. A Sun Prairie High School teacher reported the threat to a Sun Prairie School Liaison officer on Sept. 18, 2019.

Pierre was a Sun Prairie High School student during the 2018-19 school year and was moved to the Early Learning Center at 509 Commercial Avenue, Sun Prairie, for the 2019-20 school year, according to the criminal complaint.

Pierre told a teacher that he would be purchasing a “32 pocket rocket” and she should wait a month because he would “kill everybody”, according to the criminal complaint. He also told the teacher that he was using cocaine and ecstasy.

The Sun Prairie Police School Liaison Officer reported having previous experiences with Pierre when the teen was “emotionally and behaviorally erupting,” and would make statements that he wanted to shoot unknown people, according to the criminal complaint. The police officer said he was contacted by staff when Pierre opposed school authority.

When Pierre was contacted by the Sun Prairie Police School Liaison Officer on Sept. 18, he reportedly appeared annoyed that teachers reported the incident and downplayed the situation. Pierre reportedly told the police officer that he didn’t like the new teacher and made comments to make her go away.

The teacher told police that Pierre said he loved guns and his dad had many at home. The teen’s mother told police that there were hunting rifles at their house that were locked up in a safe, according to the criminal complaint.

Pierre faces up to three years and nine months in prison and/or an $11,000 fine, on the felony and misdemeanor charges.

The court set a $500 signature bond for Pierre, and ordered to keep off school property and not possess any dangerous weapon.

Pierre is scheduled for a Dec. 30 status conference in Dane County Circuit Court.

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