Attorney: Video That Prompted South Butler Lockdown Not An Actual Threat

18-year-old Jason Bowen was seen on snapchat shooting an AK-style rifle with the caption "Training for Prom Walk."

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
January 07, 2019 - 4:38 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A high school student has been arrested after posting a Snapchat video of himself shooting an AK-style rifle with the caption "Training for Prom Walk."

 Police say 18-year-old Jason Bowen, of Middlesex Township, can be seen firing multiple rounds from the assault rifle.

He's charged with terroristic threats and other crimes. The entire South Butler School District is on a modified lockdown and will be under tightened security for the “foreseeable future.”

Bowen’s attorney David Shrager tells KDKA Radio “what this young man did was insensitive, it was stupid, it was immature, it was not funny, it was obnoxious but he did . . . not mean an actual threat.”

Shrager says Bowen does not have any previous criminal history and he comes from “a good family . . . his father is a man of the cloth who is involved in the church.”

Shrager adds that even though the situation is serious and understands that people are alarmed, “we have to look at the totality of the circumstances and we have to look at the facts of the case and the evidence and we can’t let our emotions run wild, that’s how problems happen.”

In February of 2018, someone resembling Bowen is seen giving thumbs up in relation to the Sandy Hook shooting that left 20 first-graders and six adults dead in December 2012.

Shrager said he is not aware of the particular post but they just started their own investigation Monday after the arrest.

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