ABC 6 Exclusive: Diocese Treats YouTube Video as Threat

Updated: 05/12/2014 6:49 PM
Created: 05/12/2014 5:01 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) --  A video recorded and posted to YouTube by a man in Austin has caused the diocese of Winona to take action.

The diocese sent a letter to school parents, because it believes the video is threatening to both students and staff.

The letter sent out says the Diocese believes Matthew Janes is a threat, because it contains lyrics about entering a school and using a 12" blade to harm people in various ways.

The Diocese says Janes, who's considered to be a transient, and was staying at the Annunciation Hermitage at the time.  He was kicked out, and later taken by the Mower County Sheriff's department to a homeless shelter in Minneapolis.

We want to be clear that at this point Janes has not been arrested, nor is he facing any criminal charges.

Janes also wrote on his YouTube page that he has no desire to hurt anyone, but acknowledged the song has gotten him in trouble.

A request for an on camera interview by a representative of the Diocese of Winona was declined, as were requests by the Mower County Sheriff's office and Austin Police.

We also spoke with Austin Public Schools superintendent David Krenz, who says the district was notified, and continues to be in contact with law enforcement, but at this time it does not feel the need to send a letter to parents.

You can watch the full video here.

Matthew Janes
Photo still from YouTube video