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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