Former Evansville student accused of trying to stab assistant principal, reported to be 'homicidal'
EVANSVILLE—Assistant Principal Brian Cashore held the cellphone to his ear and listened to the therapist's warning: Kayden Frame, the former Evansville High School student standing in front of him, had reported feeling homicidal.
As Cashore hung up the phone, he saw it: a 9.5-inch knife inside Frame's hoodie, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Rock County Court.
Cashore quickly called for Principal Jason Knott.
Moments later, Frame raised the knife above his head and charged at Cashore, trying to stab him, according to the complaint.
Cashore pushed his chair into Frame, according to court documents. Knott then grabbed Frame's arm and slammed it into a filing cabinet, pinning him down.
The men pried the knife out of Frame's hand, and Cashore held Frame's writhing body until police arrived, according to the complaint.
That series of events caused Evansville High School to go into lockdown shortly before 9 a.m. Oct. 19.
No one was injured in the incident, but Frame, 18, has been charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and possessing a dangerous weapon at school, according to online documents.
After he was apprehended, Frame was taken to the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, a correctional officer wrote in an email to The Gazette. Court documents say he was placed on psychiatric hold.
A doctor at the institute informed Cashore and Knott four days later that Frame still intended to stab and kill Cashore and “some other employee of the district,” according to the complaint.
Frame has since been released on a signature bond, according to online court documents.
The criminal complaint describes a dramatic scene at the high school the morning of Oct. 19.
When Evansville police officer Michael Laufenberg and Lt. Patrick Reese arrived at the school, Frame growled, screamed, kicked and resisted attempts to control him, according to the complaint.
When Reese asked Frame why he was there, Frame said he “had too many problems with bad memories at the Evansville High School,” according to the complaint. He did not offer other reasons for his behavior.
Frame is also known by the name Katelyn Frame, according to court documents. Reese knew Frame to be a transgender student who graduated in May, according to court documents.
In a subsequent conversation between Reese and Mercyoptions counselor Faith Mattison, the counselor said she had received text messages from Frame that morning, according to the complaint. Mattison told Frame he should call rather than text her if he was “having an episode.”
Mattison said she had seen Frame the day before and thought he was “doing well,” according to the complaint. Frame did not mention wanting to hurt anyone in earlier texts and phone calls Oct. 19.
Later, Frame texted Mattison that he was homicidal, according to the complaint. Mattison said she called him several times and did not reach him until he answered his phone while in the school office.
Frame told Mattison he was going to “kill someone today,” according to the complaint.
The former student was buzzed in to the school office at about 8:40 a.m., according to court documents. A school secretary said Frame seemed calm and did not show any signs of agitation.
Frame asked to see Cashore specifically, according to court documents, and Cashore agreed to meet with him.
Within a minute or so, Cashore came out of his office and said he was afraid Frame had a weapon, according to court documents. Cashore asked the secretary to call the police.
When Frame entered Cashore's office, he was trembling, clearly distraught and had both hands in his front hoodie pocket, according to court documents.
Cashore asked Frame what was in his pocket, and Frame said it was “just his phone,” according to court documents. The assistant principal thought Frame had a weapon before he saw it poking out of the teen's pocket.
When Mattison called Frame, she asked to speak to the person Frame was with, according to court documents. She then warned Cashore about Frame's threat to kill someone.
A temporary restraining order was granted to the Evansville School District on Tuesday, the day after the Winnebago Health Institute doctor warned Cashore that Frame still intended to stab him, according to online court documents.
Frame is ordered to avoid contact or communication with any employee or representative of the school district, according to the restraining order. He must also avoid all school district property and school-sponsored events.
The former student is to remain on home detention with parental supervision except for work, counseling, meeting with his attorney or attending school, according to online documents. Frame must comply with treatment, take medication as prescribed and cannot have weapons.
Frame's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 6, according to online documents.