"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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