SANTA FE — An assault charge has been dropped against a Santa Fe High student who was accused of making death threats to another student and threatening to shoot up the school via Instagram.
Prosecutors concluded that Keagan Axtell couldn’t have sent the hostile messages.
Santa Fe police arrested Axtell, born in 2001, last week. But Santa Fe District Attorney Marco Serna said Tuesday that the charge against Axtell had been dropped and now police will continue to try to find out who really sent the messages.
“We actually determined that it couldn’t have been him,” Serna said. “He physically could not have done it.”
A female student showed a Santa Fe High assistant principal a direct message she received from Axtell’s Instagram account that said, “You know what (expletive) you you stupid (expletive) I’m gonna blow your (expletive) (expletive) head off when I come back to school.” The message included the two different racial slurs for African-Americans.
The student also showed the school staff a post on Axtell’s Instagram page that said, “I’m shooting up the school Friday, get ready (expletive),” once again including a racial slur.
Axtell and his parents told police that he was hiking in Hyde Memorial Park that day and did not have cellular service. Axtell said he gave his Instagram login information to a stranger he met online and believes that person wrote the messages.
Axtell was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for a medical clearance before being taken to the Santa Fe juvenile detention center on Thursday.