October 29, 2013

Cops: Student had ‘kill’ list

Rachel Brown

— A Coahulla Creek High School student was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts earlier this month after authorities said they discovered a “kill” list he created in a notebook. Included on the list were the names of students, teachers and a school administrator.

The student is a juvenile, and his name was not released. An incident report from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office states another student told an adult at the school after the student threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot people. When a school administrator confronted the student on Oct. 16 and searched his backpack, she discovered a yellow notebook in which he had listed several names under the heading “Menschen zu toten/Ziele,” officials said.

“I asked (the student) what that meant and he would not respond,” Officer G.L. Teems wrote in the incident report. “I typed it into Google and it translated to English from German, ‘People to kill.’”

According to the report, under the heading were the names of five students, four teachers and the administrator who confronted him.

Teems wrote in the report that he asked the student who he was threatening.

“He stated, ‘People who don’t think highly of me,’” Teems wrote. “ ... I asked (him) why he wrote those, and he stated that he was angry and people have mistreated him and have done him wrong.”

Whitfield County Schools officials declined to say whether or how they disciplined the student, citing federal privacy laws. School system spokesman Eric Beavers acknowledged the school received information about a minor student and contacted the school resource officer. He said school officials didn’t notify parents about the incident since it involved confidential student records.

“The student is not in school right now, and law enforcement is continuing to investigate,” Beavers said.

The report states the student said his father had guns at home, that he knew how to use them and that he had plans and blueprints to build an improvised explosive device.

Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rick Swiney said no one was hurt and the student did not bring a weapon to school. Swiney said the student was turned over to Juvenile Court.