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Waynesboro student faces charges over 'hit list'

March 08, 2001

Waynesboro student faces charges over 'hit list'



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro Area Middle School student has been charged with making terroristic threats in connection with a "hit list" of fellow students, Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz said Wednesday.

School officials turned the female student over to police, Shultz said.

"We are taking this seriously," Shultz said. "The school officials did a good job by calling us."

The criminal charges were filed by school officials.

"This is unfortunate with everything that's been going on," Shultz said. "We can't minimize something like this, but at the same time we can't maximize it either and create unnecessary fear. Anyone is capable of doing something like this. That's the reason why we're taking this seriously."

On Monday, Charles Andrew "Andy" Williams, a 15-year-old high school student who formerly lived in Knoxville, Md., was accused of killing two fellow students and wounding 13 other people in a school shooting in Santee, Calif.

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In Jefferson County, W.Va., Sara Elizabeth Turner, 18, of Harpers Ferry, was suspended, and then expelled for one year, after being charged with assault after a threatening e-mail was sent to the president of the school board Feb. 11.

Turner is free on bond pending trial on the misdemeanor charge.

The Waynesboro student, who has not been identified, was turned over to juvenile authorities. She was taken to a crisis intervention center at Waynesboro Hospital by authorities to determine where she should be taken, the chief said. She has been placed in a juvenile facility, he said.

There was no weapon involved nor was there mention of a weapon on the list of students, Shultz said.

School Principal John Krebs said the parent of a student whose name was on the list notified school officials. Krebs said all of the parents whose children's names were listed have been called. The number of students on the list was not disclosed.

Shultz said cases in which a student threatens to kill another student have been rare in Waynesboro.

"It happens very infrequently. Most of our calls to the schools involve students fighting with each other," he said.

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