East High School student accused of threatening teen with gun, appears in court

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DENVER -- Friends and supporters of an East High School student packed a Denver courtroom on Thursday, after he was arrested for threatening another student with a gun.

The 19-year-old student, Samba Dioum, a basketball player was arrested and charged with three felonies.  He allegedly stole a BB-gun from another student's car and used it to try to rob another student.

He attorney said, the student is from Senegal and it’s all a big misunderstanding.

“This is a culture barrier and definitely a misunderstanding," Dioum said.

"The culture of what happens in the school yard in Senegal is different than what happens in a country that is fried to the bone, with regards to concerns about guns," said Dioum's attorney Gary Lozow.

Dioum has been in jail since his arrest last Thursday on a $100,000 bond.

In a hearing packed with supporters, the judge significantly dropped his bond to $5,000 and Dioum is expected to post that and go home Thursday night.

Prosecutors point out Dioum is a foot taller and almost a hundred pounds heavier than the student he confronted.

They say that teen was terrified and while they didn't ask for a specific amount, asked the judge to set a reasonable bond.

Dioum is also facing possible expulsion from East High School. His lawyer says they hope to convince the school to let him stay.