SMFHS student charged after reportedly creating 'hit list'

Officials say there was no serious intent here

by Jeremy Nobile | Reporter Published:

Stow — Police and school officials say there was never any immediate threat to student safety after a Stow-Munroe Falls High School student reportedly created a “hit list.”

The student was suspended and ended up being charged by Stow Police with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and menacing.

It is Record Publishing Co.’s policy not to publish names of juveniles charged in crimes.

Supt. Dr. Russ Jones emphasized the student never actually created a tangible “hit list.”

“There was no hit list. It was just a comment that he made, which we take seriously, so he was disciplined,” Jones said.

Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said that according to the investigation, there was “no serious intent here.”

“This is an instance where some boys were talking about some antics performed at school and the topic of the ‘hit list’ came up, and they encouraged one of the boys to write up a list of those whom he would put on the list,” Dirker said.

“We take any kind of threat seriously,” Jones added. “Student safety is our no. 1 priority.”

“Hopefully taking the appropriate action will make an impression on the students and prevent others from making such inappropriate and alarming statements,” Dirker added.

For more on the story, see the Dec. 16 issue of the Stow Sentry.

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