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Teen sentenced for pulling out knife at school

Dylan Scott-Paul Spent, 18, of 16914 Sharon Ave., Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for pulling out a knife on the grounds of Detroit Lakes High School during a verbal dispute with another student.

According to court records, on Jan. 22 he took the knife out of his backpack and held it in one hand during a verbal dispute with another boy at the building trades house outside the school building.

The other teen left the scene and Spent allegedly went across the street and gave the knife to a woman who lives in an apartment there. The woman was outside that afternoon, saw a group of boys running, and heard them talking about a knife.

She said Spenst walked towards her, she asked if he had a knife and he said he did. She asked him to give the weapon to her so he wouldn't have it at school.

She gave the knife, sheathed in leather, with a 3½-inch blade, to a police officer.

He was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, both felonies. The first count was dismissed in a plea agreement.

Spenst appeared May 20 before District Judge Joe Evans, who stayed adjudication for six months and placed him on supervised probation for six months.

He must do 32 hours of community service; get individual counseling at Lakeland Mental Health Center and follow all recommendations; participate in ongoing mental health case management as deemed appropriate; and write a 500-word essay on having weapons on school property and why schools have policies against that.

He cannot possess firearms, knives or dangerous weapons. He must abstain from drugs and alcohol and submit to random testing, and he must complete the MAYSI mental health screening.