Kenosha Sixth Grader Makes "Kill List"
KENOSHA - A 10-year-old girl was found with a so-called "kill list" in Kenosha.
Police say that despite the girl's young age, and the fact that she is just a sixth grader at McKinley Middle School, they have to take this threat seriously and investigate it the same way they would any other.
The hand written "kill list,” written by a 10-year-old girl, was found in a sixth grade classroom at McKinley Middle School.
The top of the kill list reads, "When I go on my killing spree the victims are…” The girl then writes the names of 21 fellow classmates and 4 teachers.
"The juvenile admitted to writing the letter. She was remorseful. She said she never had any intent to carry out the plan and that she was just upset with the students for teasing her and with teachers for reprimanding her for talking during the class,” Kenosha Police Sgt. Hugh Rafferty said.
The girl also wrote a list of four students, including herself, that she did not want to kill.
The girl is suspended until administrators review the incident, but a police report says she will not be expelled.
A debate is now brewing among McKinley parents. Some of them feel this was a serious threat, others believe this is just the case of a bullied 10-year-old acting out.
"I think she should definitely be expelled. It's dangerous now. You never know what kids can do nowadays,” Sara Larson said.
"I think maybe she needs some counseling. I don't think she deserves to be expelled but she might need some help,” Carol Fraid said.
A district spokeswoman says they are doing their own investigation and that they are working very closely with the family.
Police say the girl is not a problem student. Still, they are referring charges of disorderly conduct.
"Nearly 100 percent of these cases aren't carried out, but because there is the remote possibility, we have to take it seriously,” Sgt. Rafferty explained.
During a police interview, the girl said she never intended to hurt anyone, and understands how a list like this could scare people.