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NHS girl accused of creating a hit list

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

A 16-year-old Norwalk High School student has been expelled from school and accused of creating a hit list, which included the names of seven people she reportedly wanted to kill.

Huron County Juvenile Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said school officials found a notebook with the suspect's name on it April 20 after she accidentally dropped it in a hallway.

"There was a list of people she didn't like ... people she would like to kill," DeLand said.

The prosecutor declined to say if the seven people on the list were students or teachers, citing an ongoing investigation.

School authorities contacted the Norwalk Police Department after finding the notebook and Officer Dave Smith interviewed the girl.

"I can't comment on what was said in the interview," said DeLand when asked if the suspect made any confessions.

After the interview, the girl was released to her mother.

"It was handled appropriately," Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said.

He stressed that it's important for school administrators to be cautious, whether the threat was legitimate or not. "In this day and age, you have to err on side of caution," Babcanec added.

The girl has been expelled from school for the remainder of the year.

"As far as next year, that's to be determined. She has not returned to school since the notebook was discovered April 20," Babcanec said.

On April 23, DeLand filed an unruliness charge against the girl, saying she committed an offense that could have injured herself or the morals of others. The public defender's office later was appointed to represent her.

The first hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. The defendant will have the complaint read to her, the judge will explain her rights and she will have the chance to deny or admit to the offense, DeLand explained.

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