A New Jersey school district sent out a letter to the parents of an elementary school notifying them of an incident it had with a fifth-grade student at the end of the previous year involving a hit list that included 40 student’s names.
Here’s what you need to know…
1. It Happened in Wall Township
The student went to Central Elementary School in Wall Township of Monmouth County.
2. The List Included 40 Names
Wall Township Police Lt. John Brockriede said that the student appeared to be planning an elaborate plan “similar to Columbine or Newtown,” and that his list included the names of 40 fellow students, reports NJ.com. The list also included the names of a few celebrities. The boy’s name has not been released due to his age.
3. The Superintendent Notified Parents
Interim Superintendent Stephanie Bilenker sent out a letter on September 4 notifying told district parents that at the end the previous school year, authorities were notified of general threats that a fifth grade Central School student made toward classmates and an investigation by the Wall Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office ensued.
4. No Present Threat Exists
“At this time, the matter is firmly under control by the law enforcement officials and no present threat exists,” Bilenker said.
5. He Was Suspended
The student was suspended from the school in April after officials discovered his intentions. Police worked on the case throughout the summer, seizing the boy’s computer. Juvenile are anticipated in the near future.
Authorities don’t believe, however, that he had the means to carry out the plan. No one in the fifth-grader’s immediate family owns firearms, Brockeriede said, except for a distant relative that he had not been in recent contact with..
“We believe it was more of a fantasy-type thing he had,’’ Brockriede said. “Not something he was capable of actually carrying out.”