"Hit List" Is Found At High School

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

A 15-year old student is accused of having a hit list that included the names of eleven people he wanted to hurt.

The teen was a student at Cumberland High School in Harlan County.

Cumberland High School students and parents say you wouldn't expect someone to make terroristic threats in the small community of Cumberland, but police say that's exactly what happened.

The fifteen year old boy is charged with eleven counts of second degree terroristic threatening.

Police say the juvenile had a list of eleven names of students at Cumberland High School that he quote "wanted to do harm to”

Cumberland High students say they can't believe anyone would do something like this.

“You have to think maybe its people being immature and just maybe wanting a little attention. You can't just shrug it off. It’s definitely something you have to pay attention to I think,” Jonathan Fields said.

Harlan County School officials says they are aware of the incident and are referring all questions to police.

However, assistant superintendent Mike Howard did release a statement; “Student safety is our top priority... We take these type incidents very seriously"

Some parents say Cumberland is the last place they would think someone would threaten other classmates.

Police say an incident like this can happen anywhere. Cumberland High students say they will pay more attention to their surroundings and others.

“You wouldn't expect it because everyone knows everybody and you'd think that someone knew that something was going on or they'd try to be friends with them or something and know sooner before they got that mad about something,” Michella Eldridge said.

Police say it is unlikely anyone else had anything to do with the hit list.


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  • by c Location: fkt on Jan 19, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    This is exactly why we need laws against bullying! I'm not saying that wanting to hurt others is right, but I am saying that if one looks at it from the child's point of view, they can understand the reason behind this type of thinking! Schools DO NOT DO ENOUGH TO STOP BULLYING! In fact, they encourage it in a lot of cases! The fact that sports are a big business in schools is one point where they encourage bullies. These students get "special" treatment by faculty. And in fact, the faculty covers up for them in many cases where bullying has occured because they cannot afford to lose their star players. The whole school system needs to be overhauled! EVERY STUDENT SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME regardless of whose child they are or how much money they have, but that's not the case in many schools! This child needs help, but so does the school system. We are quick to blame the child, but slow in understanding the reasons behind the actions & even slower to do something about it.
  • by UNKNOWN Location: UNKNOWN on Jan 19, 2008 at 06:04 AM
    IVE SEEN IT TIME AND TIME HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AND THIS IS SERIOUS MATTER FIRST OF ALL I DONT KNOW WHO THE KID IS I DONT KNOW THE NAMES OF THE STUDENTS THREATENED. I DO KNOW THAT CERTAIN KIDS AT THE SCHOOL ARE TREATED SO MUCH BETTER BY THE TEACHERS ONE KID ACCORDING TO NAME STATUS CAN GET AWAY WITH THINGS THAT OTHER STUDENTS CANNOR I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUAL NO MATTER WHAT YOUR LAST NAME IS. THIS STARTS WITH THE SCHOOL. HERE IT IS IM LAYING IN OUT HERE I WOULD BET MONEY THIS KID THAT DONE THIS WAS BULLIED BY THESE 11 STUDENTS BECAUSE OF SOME DIFFERENCE. MAY BE MONEY MAY BE SOME TYPE ALIAMENT I DONT KNOW BUT I WILL SAY I BET THIS WAS OVERLOOKED BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS BECAUSE OF THE LAST NAMES OF THE 11 STUDENT BEING WHAT I CALL BIG SHOTS. IM NOT SAYING THE KID THAT DONE THIS WAS RIGHT JUST SAYING OFFICIALS NEED TO BUCKLE DOWN AND START TREATING ALL STUDENTS EQUAL. JEALOUSY IS STRONG WEAPON THINK ABOUT IT AS FAR AS ACTION ON THIS MATTER NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF ASAP
  • by johnny Location: harlan on Jan 19, 2008 at 03:32 AM
    i agre with the retired teacher thes eleven kids should be checked out as well an see if they were bullin this kid i am not saying what this kid done is right.this kid should punished for the hit list but check every one out.there could be more to this than we know about
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Jan 18, 2008 at 07:55 PM
    i believe there are 2 sides to the story. when i was in high school a couple years back kids were in their own groups and if they didnt like you they would play mean tricks and make fun and pick on others. I was in a few fights because I got tired of it. I decited to stand up for myself, sometimes we do things we don't mean but he may have been bullied or made fun of. You honestly can only have so much negativity and it didnt start at home, i went home all the time to get away from kids at school. but maintained a b adverage. It hurts bad when you are made fun of infrount of others and it lowers self esteem he may have been hurting he may have just wanted revenge. He may not have serously hurt them you never know but when you are put down and other looking at you and laughing it makes it worse, to the kids out there who think they are better than others you are not any better every child should be treated equal
  • by George Location: Cumberland High on Jan 18, 2008 at 10:55 AM
    I get bullied alot by some kids and I guess this kid had their fill too. Why does everyone always think it starts at home because it DON'T...Home is a refuge from school, that's why soo many kids are droppin' out and gettin their education other ways (like G.E.D or Home schooled.). I,myself, dread the combining of all the high schools together. But, atleast I'll be away from these bullies!!
  • by Concerned Mom Location: Cumberland on Jan 18, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    I think this matter needs to be looked into further. I am wondering what is going on in this students life whether its at school or home that would want to make hime do somthing like this. I also wonder if the school is going to notify any of the parents of those that were on his list. Not for revenge but to try to work thorugh what the problem is. I think every story has two sides and we need to know the other side. I have 2 teens at that school that I am concerened about as well as all the others including this boy that did this.
  • by retired educator Location: E. KY on Jan 18, 2008 at 04:57 AM
    Has this individual been the target of bullying? What do the 11 people on the "hit list" have in common? This may not necessarily be a "bad" kid. He may just be someone who has had enough!!!!
  • by suzy Location: cumberland on Jan 18, 2008 at 02:49 AM
    Now u see why we hate school here, all the bully's and stuff..
  • by Mom Location: Harlan co. on Jan 18, 2008 at 02:35 AM
    I've said all along that combining all the teens together would be a big "mistake", now, this goes to prove that,. The cumberland kids are watchin' their parents fight in the city goverment and now the kids takin' it to school...The kids are startin' to bully each other. Maybe now the kids won't be sooo mean to each other...
  • by unknown Location: leslie county on Jan 17, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    I'm not surprised a bit, i dont live in harlan but in our county, the preppy kids treat the others like crap, and these kids get fed up and loose it. not that i think its right, cause it aint, but a lot of times nothing is done about the name calling and picking on others, if they would stop this stuff before it started it wouldnt get this bad.
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