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Man sentenced for threatening Park High shooting

Tyler James Giebner

STILLWATER — The man who threatened to commit a school shooting at Park High School this spring has been sentenced to a five years probation.

Tyler James Giebner, 18, Cottage Grove, was charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and sentenced in Washington County District Court June 4.

According to the criminal complaint filed March 23:

On March 21 Cottage Grove police responded to a call from Giebner's mother saying her son said he was going to get a firearm and use it at school or someone's house. She told police Giebner was angry because he borrowed his brother's bike to a friend several weeks prior. She said he had become upset when the friend, who lives in Oakdale, reneged on a promise to give the son a ride home with the bicycle.

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Giebner admitted to police that he had made the threat, which involved getting a semi-automatic rifle with an ammunition drum and bringing it to Park High School. He said he was saving money to buy an AR-15 semi-automatic.

Giebner was voluntarily transported to Region's Hospital for evaluation. He repeated his threats while there, according to a hospital social worker.

At the time of the threats, South Washington County Schools confirmed that Giebner had not attended Park High School for the past two years.

He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Conditions of his probation include not having a gun or other ammunition, taking a one-day anger management program, undergoing mental health checks and consistently taking medications.