It all started with a blue bandanna hanging too prominently from the Lincoln High School student’s back pocket.
Dangelo Miller, 19, was pacing in front of the school and waiting for a ride Wednesday, the bandanna dangling 12 to 14 inches out of his pocket, according to court documents.
A Tacoma police officer noticed the bandanna and, concerned the teen was showing gang allegiance, told Miller to get rid of it while on campus.
Miller yelled profanities at the officer but eventually handed over the bandanna and followed the officer to the assistant principal’s office. After the assistant principal reminded him that they’d already talked about the bandanna, Miller allegedly started another tirade and left the school.
Another student and her mother then reported hearing Miller making threats as he left.
According to court documents, Miller said, “That cop does not know who I am. He may have a shotgun, but he doesn’t know what kind of guns I have. I am going home and get my gun and come back and shoot the cop and the school up.”
Police went to Miller’s home and arrested him.
On Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to felony harassment and disturbing a school. Bail was set at $50,000.
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