Police Investigate Alleged "Hit List" At A School

Some eastern Kentucky parents are concerned after rumors spread that a Barbourville student had a hit list.

Authorities in Knox County are looking into the possibility that an 8th grader at Barbourville Junior High School threatened classmates and had a list of people he wanted to hurt.

School officials say someone called Sunday night claiming a student had a hit list.

Officials say they immediately investigated the claim and talked to the juvenile in question Monday morning, but found nothing.

Authorities are saying very little about the on-going investigation, except to say they are only looking at one person.

“At this time we only have one suspect or one person of interest, we just hope to a through the investigation however long it takes we'll stay with it,” Assisstant Polic Chief Bill Swafford said.

“We searched him, we searched his locker, we talked to him, we talked to his parents and we still haven't found a hit list, if one exists, but if we do find one, then we'll tell the public and deal with it appropriately,” Attorney Tim Crawford said.

Crawford says the juvenile's parents took the 8th grader out of school until further notice.

When asked whether or not a “Hit List” exists, police say they could not comment further until the investigation is complete.

Authorities say they plan to interview more parents and students Thursday.


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  • by In The Know Location: Corbin on Mar 10, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    Hey...Jay Gray...so your nephew is on the "hit list"? That's interesting, because there is NO HIT LIST! It can't be produced! By your smug, malicious remarks, I suspect that your precious little nephew could be the original instigator of this unfortunate mess! Sounds like there is some major adolescent (more probably, adult) jealousy going on here...not to mention your enjoyment in taking part in a witch-hunt. Bet you love "chicken-fights" too!
  • by Concerned Location: Barbourville on Mar 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM
    James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:19-21,26.Brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. If any man bridleth not his tongue his religion is in vain!James 2:1-8..For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.."ships"..which though they be so great,yet are they turned about with a very small helm,even so the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!.. and the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue amoung our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
  • by NotGood Location: Barbourville on Mar 8, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    I'd say this kid will be taken to several psychologists and probably given a clean bill of mental health. There will be NO defense against the terrible and vicious things that have been printed and spoken about him and the accusers will find themselves the accused. The only difference will be that there is actual physical proof of defamation of character and libel. Do you see what I am saying? I see it every single day! I know the parents (not on a close, personal level) but well enough to know that mountains will be moved to bring some sort of retribution for their son. Like I posted before, I fully anticipate this becoming very ugly, very fast. There is no evidence of any "hit list", and I'd say there wasn't one. I'm not calling anyone a liar, but I think there had to be some terrible misunderstanding that has caused irreparable damages to a young man, and there will probably be serious consequences. I hope not, but I don't see that his family has any other choice now. Good luck.
  • by NotGood Location: Barbourville on Mar 8, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    Do you think his parents will let this go? Believe me, they won't. To my knowledge, not a single person has bothered to hear their side. They will want their child's side heard and they will drag every last person through the court system with libel and defamation of character suits. And what has been printed about this kid on this site alone is enough to win a libel case. If you are the same Aunt that posted "..but what are you all going to do when he does go off and hurts someone" you have stated that it is FOR CERTAIN he is going to go off. That is libel in itself! ISP addresses can be subpoenaed by the court. Are all of these accusers prepared to face something like this? This mess could have been avoided by communication between the parents of the accusers and the accused. I posted all those ?'s about the "list" to give you a taste of the ?'s that will be asked of every single person that accused this kid. Relentless questioning that could go on for hours. cont...
  • by NotGood Location: Barbourville on Mar 8, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    Aunt: What I was trying to make you see is that there is no evidence in this case against the kid whatsoever! You can't legally punish someone, especially a child, if you have no evidence. Have you talked to the parents of this boy? Have you heard his side? Has anyone with a child supposedly on this list talked to the parents of this kid? If not, WHY?! This could all be a huge misunderstanding, a horrible case of miscommunication, and before some overzealous parent brought in the media they should have taken a minute to hear the other side! No, I don't have a child in this school because the school has always favored certain families over others. From what I have been told, this kid was seen as an "outsider" because he was new to the school. I've always felt this school was not very kind to "outsiders". Very "clique" oriented, in my opinion. What is going to happen is that this kid will be cleared. He will be allowed to come back to school if he wants. They can't keep him out. cont...
  • by saddened Location: KY on Mar 8, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    It's heartbreaking to read the posts here. It sickens me that grown adults come on here and attack a child and his parents like there is no doubt this child made a list. Someone asked how you know the child was innocent, but I want to ask YOU how you can you be so sure the child is guilty? Is it only children that are accused that know how to lie? Kids tell lies on other kids to get them in trouble daily! It's not a new concept. I teach and I will tell you that children make lists ALOT! Even 7 yr olds will make lists with the names of kids that are "friends" & "not friends". I guess if I wanted to I could call the parents of 1st graders that make lists and cause a big stink, possibly ruin their life but that is ridiculous. Why not get everyone involved together for a meeting and try to get to the bottom of it? Seriously! Nobody has taken the time to hear this child's side of the story. Parents may feel differently when they hear the other side.
  • by Aunt Location: Barbourville on Mar 8, 2008 at 02:07 PM
    Let's all stop here for one minute..I think everyone involved here is a victim. The accused is a victim because IF he is guilty or not his life has been affected greatly. And all the children are also affected along with their families. What I do not understand however is why would so many children say that they had seen this list if they had not? Maybe it wasn't this child who wrote it but apparently someone did. NotGood...your comments are that of one who was not effected by this. I have also never heard of a 'hit' list to hit someone with a ten spot. PLEASE! Do you have children? Are the students in this school? Do you know the child? Have you dealt with this child on a daily basis? No...and neither have I. I think the best thing for all of us to do is pray that it was all a mistake and hope for the child that he can get his life back in order.
  • by terry Location: barbourville on Mar 8, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    If I had a 'hit' list, as this is being called, I sure as heck wouldn't let anybody see it. Why would you carry a 'hit' list in your notebook or pocket? get real folks!
  • by Concerned Location: Barbourville on Mar 8, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    It seems to me that everyone has forgotten what is important in a situation like this, first and foremost it should be the safety of our kids. No matter if this child is guilty or not in creating a hit list or whether it was just some rantings in a notebook-it still has merit and by law must be investigated! I am ashamed to say that I am from Knox County, it should not matter if a child comes from money or not the truth will proveil regardless. It is nature to take your childs side but could you live with yourself if your child hurt another child knowing that there were warning signs and you did nothing. I have always planned on my children attending the city school but after they have negelected this situation and are trying to sweep it under the rug it is disturbing to me. If this was my child being accused Yes I would be angry, but I would also want to get to the bottom of the situation and get my child help if they need it. This is SERIOUS, may God Bless each of your families!!!!!!!
  • by NotGood Location: Barbourville on Mar 8, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    My personal opinion is that this kid has been dragged through the mud without just cause. But regardless of what I think or you think or anybody else thinks, the facts are all that will matter in a courtroom. The facts are that this boy has been accused of having a "hit list" by a few kids in his class. The list is never brought to fruition. The court hears how the child was ridiculed, humiliated, defamed and stripped of his right to receive a quality education. Just so happens that the boy was lucky enough to be born to a mom and dad with pretty deep pockets so he's going to have the best and most intimidating attorney money can buy. I am here to tell you guys that I know what I'm talking about. I've seen it happen a hundred times. It's going to get ugly for some, really ugly for others, and simply unbearable for the rest. When are people going to learn that you can't defame and slander an innocent person and not expect to be held accountable when you are finally discovered.

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