Police investigating ‘hit list’ at London Middle School


By Andrea Chaffin - achaffin@civitasmedia.com



A criminal investigation has been opened at London Middle School after it was discovered multiple middle school girls created a “hit list” with the names of about 30 students.

School administrators learned of the list Monday after it was shared with other students.

The list, drafted on a student’s Google Drive, included a variety of ways each student could be hurt. Superintendent Lou Kramer described the methods as “unrealistic, but something we’re still taking very seriously.”

Kramer said the list was not provided to administrators when the initial report was made, and it was discovered to have been deleted from the drive. But a “detailed investigation” allowed the district to verify the document.

He said school leaders contacted the London Police Department.

Principal Michael Belmont personally called the 29 sets of parents of the listed students and sent out an automated phone call Wednesday evening to other school families.

Kramer declined to say whether the students suspected of creating the list are in school this week. Following the investigation, discipline could be very serious, ranging from out-of-school suspension to expulsion.

“We want to ensure the safety of our kids moving forward,” he said. “We want to make sure we have mental health resources in place and can teach kids how to deal with conflict in an appropriate way.”

Police and administration continue to investigate the situation to learn how many students were involved with the list’s creation, said London police Detective Greg Perkins. There are no charges filed at this time, although it’s not a guarantee there will not be in the future.

“The school has done a fantastic job,” Perkins said. “We’re taking this seriously. Let this serve as notice to anyone having future thoughts of doing a similar thing.”

This list comes less than two weeks after a 14-year-old Jonathan Alder student was arrested for threatening a school shooting on Instagram posts, and less than a month after a school shooting critically injured 16-year-old Logan Cole at West Liberty-Salem High School in neighboring Champaign County.

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By Andrea Chaffin

achaffin@civitasmedia.com

Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616 or on Twitter @Andee_Writes.

Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616 or on Twitter @Andee_Writes.

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