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Police: 3 girls suspended after making middle school 'hate list'

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

Police in Washington Township are investigating after three girls allegedly made what some are calling a "kill list."

Authorities said the girls named students at Bellmar Middle School.

Washington Township police Chief Ray Moody said the investigation would continue at least until Monday. Moody declined to say if charges would be filed against the girls in juvenile court.

Belle Vernon Area Superintendant Dr. John Wilkinson said the list was found Feb. 6, and the girls have been disciplined in the form of 10-day suspensions.

But word of the situation continued to spread throughout the community more than a week later.

When asked why the word "kill" was being circulated, Moody said he could not comment because of the ongoing investigation.

Wilkinson said that although the safety of all students is a top priority, he didn't see any of the girls as direct threats and didn't know why the term "kill list" was circulating.

"I don't know where that's coming from. Maybe some people who want to create drama and call it a ‘kill list,' but there's a lot of parents who want to hang these girls from their toes," Wilkinson said. "I called it a ‘hate list.' In my certified, professional opinion, these girls are not a threat. They had no access to weapons and no prior violations."

Wilkinson described the students as 11-year-old girls who made bad decisions.

"But they made their bed, and now they're going to have to sleep in it," he added. "They're paying the price."

Wilkinson said he received a phone call Feb. 6 after a school counselor found the list, which the girls had torn to pieces.

"The counselor finds it and tapes it back together like a jigsaw puzzle," Wilkinson said. "The girls made a list of people that they hate ... people that were picking on them or that they're jealous of. That paper was so ripped up, you can barely read names."

Wilkinson said he gave the list to Washington Township police on Feb. 7.

"Once we feel it's a terroristic threat, it goes to the police," Wilkinson said. "I talked to Chief Moody Thursday and gave him the list after making a copy. He said, ‘Is this all you've got?' and I said, ‘Yes.'"

Wilkinson and Bellmar Principal John Grice last week interviewed each of the girls - who he described as being "in tears" and "remorseful" - and their parents.

After the hearings, Wilkinson handed down the maximum punishment allowed that did not involve expulsion hearings before the school board.

When the girls return, they will have to report to the office instead of homeroom and will eat lunch in a designated area, Wilkinson said. They will also undergo school-based counseling.

"The girls are embarrassed, the parents are embarrassed, and they're going to be in a fish bowl the rest of the year anywhere they go," Wilkinson said.

"It's a harsh lesson, and you have to learn by sixth grade you can't say these sorts of things. If it were kids in 11th grade, it would be different. ... These days, we have to be sensitive, and I'm not blowing it off. But in my opinion, it's three 11-year-old girls who had their feelings hurt and did a stupid thing.

"They're paying dearly for it right now, and I don't want anyone piling on."

When asked if he thought the girls would be subject to criminal charges, Wilkinson said he is hopeful they might instead receive punishment like community service.

"Is this something that rises to the level of juvenile court? I don't think so, but I'm not a police officer," Wilkinson said. "I think these girls have learned their lesson. And in support of their parents, I feel confident this will help modify their behavior."

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

 Ditto, I liked High school.

Quoting Woodbabe:

I'd do high school again over and over like GroundHog Day before I'd ever do middle school again! LOL

Quoting Euphoric:

 You couldn't pay me enough to go back to middle school, lol.

Quoting Radarma:

 Whew weeee, if the authorities could have seen my journals back in the day. lol

I have a middle schooler girl, and every.single.day I am reminded of why I so loathed that time in my life.

 


 

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stormcris
by Christy on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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Mean Girls was exactly what I thought of when I read this.

Quoting Woodbabe:

Typical middle school drama lol!

Reminds me of Mean Girls.

I don't think they should be prosecuted, criminally. Sounds like they got a good scare and some help.


Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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I'm getting heart palpatations just thinking about middle school...high school was much better!

Quoting Euphoric:

 Ditto, I liked High school.

Quoting Woodbabe:

I'd do high school again over and over like GroundHog Day before I'd ever do middle school again! LOL

Quoting Euphoric:

 You couldn't pay me enough to go back to middle school, lol.

Quoting Radarma:

 Whew weeee, if the authorities could have seen my journals back in the day. lol

I have a middle schooler girl, and every.single.day I am reminded of why I so loathed that time in my life.

 


 


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stormcris
by Christy on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

What was it said in Freaky Friday if they wanted to do something they would be out doing it not writing about it. 

I think this whole idea of a kill list was to get some vicarious 15 minutes of shame placed on these girls by making it national news and hate list would not do it.

Quoting AdrianneHill:

Hate list and kill list is different. I had a list of people I hated at that age


parentalrights1
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Lol wow.

I wrote a note to another girl as a joke that said "Are you ready to die" when I was like... 10 and all I got was  sent to the office and a hand slap lol.


These girls could be bully victims who made a stupid list together to vent, or just bullies themselves. Who knows.  Probably both. But a hit list is a little extreme. They're 11. Even if they did call it a kill list themselves, they probably weren't serious.

gammie
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM


This!

Quoting TerriAnne2606:

What?  they made a list of people who were mean to them, or who they hated, then TORE up the list, and someone took the time and effort to put it back together???? Then turned it in to police because they were making terroistic threats?  My head hurts from all the morons out there (and I'm not talking about the girls).



kaylamom2004
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

GOOD!

momtoscott
by Gold Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

 An overreaction on the school's part, I think. 

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

 This sounds like an overreaction.  Instead of just voicing what they thought in a discussion these girls wrote it down, tore up the paper, and threw it away.  It sounds like they were venting to each other, which is normal at that age.

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I think suspension and then required to create a bully awareness assembly.  

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