In the months since attempting to stab a high school administrator, Kayden Frame has taken steps toward rehabilitation, his attorney said.
The 18-year old spent time at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, has attended the Working Interdependently for New Growth and Stabilization program at Mercyhealth Behavioral Health center, was suspended then reinstated at UW-Rock County, and started a new job working 39 hours a week at a grocery store in Fitchburg after losing a previous job, attorney Scott Schroeder said.
Schroeder explained Frame’s progress Wednesday in Rock County Court, where the former Evansville High School student was sentenced to two years probation.
Frame was charged in October with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, possessing a weapon at school and disorderly conduct after he tried to stab Evansville High School Assistant Principal Brian Cashore, according to court documents.
The incident caused the school to go into lockdown the morning of Oct. 19
Frame pleaded guilty to all three charges Wednesday.
The teen has been on house arrest since October, being allowed to go only to work, school, counseling and meetings with his attorney, according to court documents.
Frame also is known as Katelyn. Court documents show Frame is known to be transgender. He identified himself as Kayden to a Gazette reporter at Evansville High School’s graduation in May.
Frame’s conduct that October morning was “extremely troubling,” Judge John Wood said Wednesday.
The physical attack was “shocking,” Wood said, adding that attacks on school grounds are seen too often these days.
Assistant District Attorney Jerry Urbik told the court Frame’s actions created a dangerous situation that involved serious mental health issues.
Frame’s mental health was taken into account when an agreement for probation was negotiated with the defense, Urbik said.
Of the three charges against Frame, one is a felony. The felony charge was placed on hold Wednesday, meaning it can be taken off Frame’s record if he successfully completes probation.
While on probation, Frame is prohibited from possessing weapons and from having any contact with Cashore, Evansville High School and Principal Jason Knott, Wood said.
Wood said he would love to see Frame back in court for expungement instead of seeing him face incarceration.
Frame’s motive for the knife attack was not made clear in court Wednesday.
When asked after the incident why he was at the school that day, Frame told police he “had too many problems with bad memories at the Evansville High School,” according to the criminal complaint.
Wood said he sentenced Frame to probation in good conscience because Frame is young and shows signs of rehabilitation. It will give the teenager the opportunity to get help and set his life on a “straight and narrow path,” he said.