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Indictment: Cheney Man Threatened High School Student On Social Media

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. – Gage H. Clausen, 20, Cheney, Kan., is charged with one count of making a threat via interstate communications. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 27, 2020, in Cheney, Kan.

Clausen is alleged to have used social media to send a threat to a 15-year-old student at Derby High School. The threat was couched in racist language and referred to the victim as a “filthy farm animal.”

If convicted, he could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.


In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

Updated September 11, 2020

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