Student's 'hit list' found at school

Associated Press Published:

WEST LAFAYETTE _ A 15-year-old who compiled a "hit list" of students and teachers just a day after the school shootings in Arkansas has been kicked out of school.

The sophomore, whose name was not released, was expelled for the remainder of the school year and for the following school year, the maximum amount of time permitted by state law.

Ridgewood High School Superintendent Victor Cardenzana said he didn't know of any connection between the list and the Arkansas shootings in which four students and a teacher were killed on March 24. Two students are charged in the deaths.

"Coming on the heels of an incident like that, it was important to take this action," Cardenzana said. "You have to take anything like this seriously."

The Ridgewood student compiled his list of about a dozen names a day after the shootings and was suspended the day after the list was discovered, Cardenzana said.

The student was expelled after he did not attend an expulsion hearing on Monday, the superintendent said.

The list was created on a school computer and recorded on a diskette found in the student's possession, the superintendent said.

The diskette, which was given to police, contained names and addresses, the reason each person was on the list, and methods of killing or injuring each listed person, Cardenzana said. He was one of those listed.

The teen apparently told other students about the list and word eventually reached school administrators, Cardenzana said. He refused to give additional details about the list, saying the matter was still under investigation.

The student had not verbally or physically threatened other students or teachers, Cardenzana said.

The superintendent refused to identify the boy.

Cardenzana said he discussed the list with the boy's father.

"The student definitely needs some help," he said.

He also said classes have not been affected by discovery of the list.

"It's business as usual here. Everything is quiet," Cardenzana said. "Our primary concern is to make sure the kids are safe and secure."

Police Capt. Randy Walsh said he had questioned several of the school's 400 students.

"Some of them are taking this thing seriously and some of them aren't and see this thing as more of a prank," he said.

Assistant Coshocton County Prosecutor Pat Williams said his office was investigating, but he declined further comment.

West Lafayette is about 75 miles east of Columbus.

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