MINOT, N.D. — Authorities have dismissed a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge filed against an 18-year-old Minot High School student accused in a water balloon prank.

Xavier Falcon was charged in city adult court after a water balloon fight in a school lunch room in May. He pleaded not guilty to the charge that carried a possible sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine and was scheduled for trial Thursday.

The Minot Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2rQVgyx ) that the school was widely criticized for turning the matter over to the courts. An online petition asking for the charges to be dropped against Falcon and two 17-year-old boys garnered more than 1,700 signatures.

Assistant City Attorney Stefanie Stalheim on Monday said probable cause existed to charge Falcon but that “dismissal is appropriate.”


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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