Rumors Dispelled Regarding Student 'Hit List'

Reports that a Stow High School student would return to class after drafting a "hit list" are false, according to school officials.

Updated 1:29 a.m.

A Stow-Munroe Falls High School student was charged with disorderly conduct and menacing after making a statement about having a hit list.

Supertendent Dr. Russ Jones "emphasized the student never actually created a tangible hit list,” reports the Stow Sentry. 

According to a Fox 8 interview, Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker was quoted as saying, “One boy made an off-the-wall comment and this boy started writing some things down and one of the school officials did actually retrieve this list, and couple names on it, and this boy had no real problems with these people.” 

Dirker indicated the threat was not serious. 

The student was suspended for his actions. 

Speculation abounded after the incident was made public with Patch readers asking whether a student would return to school on Monday with a police escort after drafting a hit list. 

Stow media relations specialist Jacquie Mazziotta confirmed Thursday that there was no truth to the speculation.  

Editors note: Since the student is a juvenile, they will not be identified in this post. 

Jeremy Eisenberg December 14, 2012 at 03:25 AM
If this is not true why are they telling us the kid is suspended till end of year. Or when something does happen are we going hear that there was warning signs. I like how the school is more worried about there imagine the the students.
John Deike December 14, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Evening Jeremy, thanks for the comment. The rumor being circulated was that a Stow High student who drafted a hit list would return to school on Monday with a police escort. According to school officials and police, the student made a remark that he had a hit list when he really didn't. I mention above that he was suspended. Best regards, JD
Jeremy Eisenberg December 14, 2012 at 04:58 AM
By the way fox8 reports that there was a hit list confirmed by the police chief and they actually retrieved the list.
Jeremy Eisenberg December 14, 2012 at 05:00 AM
"One boy made an off the wall comment and this boy started writing some things down and one of the school officials did actually retrieve this list, and couple names on it, and this boy had no real problems with these people," Dirker said.
Richard LeBeau December 14, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Funny how 75% of the High School Kids do NOT want to attend class on Monday. Why are they so afraid of something that never existed??????
John Deike December 14, 2012 at 06:36 AM
My point remains that, according to police, there was no actual hit list. I did add Dirker's quote to avoid confusion. Thanks for the comments. Best, JD
Kent Benson December 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Richard- Did you hire a polling firm to gather your data? Actually, on any given day, probably 50% of the kids would rather be sleeping. So you may not be far off. But your comment feeds the drama.
James December 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Kent... funny... I do not think I would want my kids to go to school even if the list is an "alleged" list... in fact at this very moment I want to go pick up my kids from school... so please be quiet... bark up another tree that really matters... and feed your own drama...
Mason Douglas December 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I attend this school as a ninth grader and i actually sit next to this student in first period... There are actually alot of students saying that they are staying home because this student does have a record of being violent. Supposedly thought they expelled him on friday and he will not be returning.
shewithnoname December 15, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I don't live in Stow. I, like millions of other Americans, watched the news out of Newtown, CT with horror and broken hearts. I wonder what would have constituted a "tangible hit list" in the obsequious mind of Dr. Jones. Did it have to be in Power Point and an Excel spreadsheet to make it "tangible"? Is CPS being brought in on this case? If the student is a minor, I would presume so. Have any gun permits been issued to the family? What's this kid's online presence like? Is he known to have been cruel to small animals? Is he a loner? Does he self-medicate? The school may have the right to suspend him from the premises, but SMF will be required to provide him with "out of school" services. We had one of these "problem" kids in my neighborhood. We got his landlord to evict him and his lowlife mother. Know when to drive away evil.
Pandis Bear December 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
No matter if the list is real or not, this situation needs to be taken seriously. The kid not only needs to be suspended, but not allowed back into any school ever again. He cannot be trusted....or if he is allowed in school or the community, he needs an adult escort at all times. He should never be left alone, he should not be allowed on the internet, and he should never be out of adult supervision until he is 21 years old. Adult supervision 24 hours a day. If adult supervision cannot be provided, he needs to be locked up until supervision can be provided.
Steve S December 16, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Thankfully you do not live in our Community.
Dmom1218 December 17, 2012 at 04:56 AM
The supervison until 21 would only make him do something more drastic. Parents either don't care, or just think it's is a big joke, and that it will pass. "It's just a phase". Whatever. I am scared to send my daughter back until they get a better method of security, and less glass windows. I'm literally scared for her to go to school. I also have a kindergartner, which I am also afraid to send to school. This lunatic in CT blasted right through the glass entrance. What good is a buzzer system? I'm so upset and concerned. I don't know what to do.


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