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Somerset police determine school 'hit list' not a credible threat

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, 7:36 a.m.

Somerset police will have an increased presence Wednesday at all Somerset Area School District buildings after an investigation of a purported "hit list" was posted to social media, according to borough police Chief Randy Cox.

Police do not believe the list — which targeted more than 20 county students and adults — is a credible threat but rather a response to a relationship ending, Cox said.

Borough and state police were contacted by district administrators after the list was posted to social media. Cox explained that a woman and her sister created a list of names, including nine district students, after a bad break-up but did not refer to it as a "hit list."

The list was sent to a district student, who posted it on Facebook and referred to it as a "hit list," Cox said.

"From there, it is our understanding that this posting went viral, at least in the Somerset area," he said. "After questioning the sisters and their mother, the officers and troopers concluded that the list does not represent a credible threat."

Parents of the students whose names appeared on the list were being contacted by the district. The police presence planned for Wednesday when school resumes after a Thanksgiving break is mainly to "provide comfort and confidence," Cox said.

He did not anticipate criminal charges.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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