College students from Minnesota charged after incident at SD high school


Two college students from Minnesota have been charged after entering a high school in South Dakota without permission – and were later found to be in possession of guns and 200 rounds of ammunition.

Yankton High School was put on high alert after the two University of South Dakota students turned up at the school on Thursday at around noon, with the Yankton Daily Press reporting they were found wandering a hall in the English department.

The men, identified as Adam Gerard, 19, from Greenfield, Minnesota, and 18-year-old Joseph Vanbuskirk, of Rockford, Minnesota, were questioned by staff and school police and released without any formal action.

Keloland TV reports that police continued to investigate and pulled the pair over on Highway 50 for additional questioning. They found inside the vehicle a rifle, a shotgun and 200 rounds of ammunition.

Computers and electronics were later confiscated from their dorm rooms at USD.

Yankton School District Superintendent Wayne Kindle told the Argus Leader that there is no indication that any students were at risk, but added: "(They had) no concrete reason for being there. That in itself was concerning."

As a result of the incident Kindle said the district is expected to discuss enhanced security measures at all its school buildings.

The Daily Press says the pair were jailed on misdemeanor charges of trespassing, disruption of school and possession of firearms/dangerous weapons on school property. They bonded out of the Yankton County Jail on $2,000 bonds Friday morning.

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