Parents petition probation for man who made threats against Duluth East

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DULUTH, MN– Some Parents in Duluth are petitioning Wednesday after a man who made violent threats and was arrested at a local school won’t see jail time.

Travis Busch, 35 will serve five years of probation after the judge stayed his prison sentence Monday.

Busch was arrested in April after making threats of violence online and via text message. He was found inside Duluth East during a lockdown.

Wednesday night, concerned community members are saying his probation is not enough.

Community members are up-in-arms, over what some call– a mild sentence for a man who made credible threats against a Duluth high school.

“This very serious threat, personally and many other community members feel the same way as I do, still remains a very serious threat to this community,” says Nicole Bakken, organizer of the petition.

Bakken says the sentencing for Busch puts the community in jeopardy. “An individual who had a concrete plan of a mass school shooting, and the weapons to carry it out. To allow him to walk is just unbelievable.”

Though Busch’s sentence can’t be changed, Bakken created a petition and wrote a letter to Duluth Judge, Theresa Neo asking that Busch be forced to wear an ankle monitor as a term to his freedom.

She says, “perhaps certain probation terms could be tightened, could be a bit stricter.”

Currently, Busch is banned from local and public schools and not allowed to have alcohol or mood-altering substances.

Bakken, a concerned mom, set up a petition table Wednesday night at Tavern on The Hill allowing the community a chance to sign.

Kendell Goodman, a UMD student and concerned citizen was eager to sign the petition. “I wanted to sign it because I think it’s really important,” says Goodman. “I think it’s unfair for parents to have a fear their kids go to school and not being able to come home.”

Bakken is hoping adding tighter terms to Busch’s probation will help keep the community at peace and bring awareness to the issue.

She says, “[for] school safety. That our children feel safe going to school. That you as parents feel safe sending your children to school.”

Over two dozen community members signed the petition Wednesday.

Bakken will continue to gather signatures throughout the week before sending it and a letter to the judge sometime Friday evening.

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