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'Kill list' deemed a joke

Friday, March 12, 2004

A Clay City Elementary student was suspended from school for three days for writing up a "hit list" two weeks ago.

According to Principal Jon Russell, the 6th grade student had complied a list of about 20 names including three teachers. Above the list was written "To Kill".

When Russell was notified he talked to the boy who said it was just a joke and he never intended to hurt anyone.

"I searched his book bag, desk and locker and made sure there was no more to it than what he said. Then I called Central Office and the Sheriff's Dept.," Russell said.

Sgt. Rob Gambill investigated and ultimately got a detention order from the judge. Juvenile probation and child protection were also involved. The young man was taken to the Vincennes Juvenile Center for three days.

"We determined that it was meant as a joke," Sheriff Rob Carter said. "But we did not take it as a joke. That's one thing we're not going to put up with."

Russell said the boy didn't realize the seriousness of his actions.

"He said he's sorry for what he did and it will never happen again," Russell said. "The young man said he never meant to actually carry out any action against the people on the list. He made a mistake and he's paid for it."

The student is back in school. After a thorough investigation, the authorities didn't feel he was a threat to the school or community. Russell said they would continue to monitor the situation, however, and if necessary would not hesitate to call in the Sheriff again.

"It was determined that it was meant as a joke," Sheriff Carter said. "But I think we did the right thing. We will not take that kind of activity as a joke. I hope this sends a message to all students that this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated by the schools, the police or the courts."

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