Friday, February 24, 2017

Iowa Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Trans High School Student & Brand the Student's Genitals

Mondell Olson of Ames, IA, was arrested last week after being accused of repeatedly harassing and leaving threatening voice messages at his local high school. His harassment was focused on a trans student at Nevada High School. In the calls, Olson is accused of threatening to kill the trans student and to brand that student's genitals:
Court documents show Olson faces two charges of Harassment in the 1st Degree, for allegedly leaving voicemail messages at Nevada High School earlier this month. The first message, left on February 10th said, "a transgender student would be killed if continued to be allowed to go to school." The other message, left on February 14th said, "a transgender student would be branded" on their private parts.
Earlier this week, a Story County judge approved a no contact order against Olson, which forbids him from entering the Nevada Community School buildings.

In addition to the two charges of 1st Degree Harassment, Olson faces one charge of 3rd Degree Harassment for "sending an inappropriate text to a teacher."

According to this news source, Olson also left a threatening phone message at the trans student's home. This resulted in an additional charge of 1st Degree Harassment.

It's unclear to me if the no contact order actually protects the student from further contact by Olson.

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