Police say Gateway Middle School student compiled hit list
Police removed a Gateway Middle School student from the school on Thursday after his parents notified officials that they found a hit list with the names of fellow students in his room, according to a letter the principal sent to parents and posted on the school website.
“There is no danger to the community,” Monroeville police Chief K. Douglas Cole said, because the student was taken to a hospital for observation. A decision on charges will be made when police finish the investigation, he said.
All 25 students named on the list met with school administrators, and their parents were notified, said Cara A. Zanella, school safety and security adviser.
“At approximately 8:15 a.m. (Thursday), a parent informed school administrators and counselors that their son developed a list of students he wanted to harm,” according to the letter by Anthony Aquilio, middle school principal. “They found this list in his bedroom while he was in school.”
The student was taken from class and searched and detained by police and administrators, the letter states.
“We would like to assure you that the student will not be returning to Gateway Middle School, as behaviors such as this are classified as a level IV offense, the highest level of our School Board Policy,” the letter states, adding that classes will continue on a regular schedule.
Earlier this month, three middle school students were disciplined because school officials said they found a hit list developed by the trio was not a credible threat. The three students apologized, school officials said.
More than 600 students attend Gateway Middle, which draws seventh- and eighth-graders from Monroeville and Pitcairn.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.