Parents of children on a so-called “hit list” at a Missouri school are demanding the school district protect their children from being beaten up.
The list contains names and “bounties” to beat up over two dozen freshman students at Blue Springs High School, FOX4 reported on Monday.
A family member of a child who was on the “hit list” said on Facebook that the list had “at least 30 students on it.”
Newsweek has contacted the family member for further comment.
A version of the hit list found its way onto social media. That list named the students on the left-hand side, while the middle column lists the reasons each pupil had been targeted.
These include being obnoxiously loud, a cheater, a paedophile/sex offender and closeted homosexual. Listed on the right of the list is the amount of money associated with beating each of the students up.
“It’s heart-wrenching, you know? I don’t know if she’s safe or not,” one mother whose child’s name is on the list told FOX4, on condition of anonymity.
She said her daughter is a student who has been the target of bullying for several years.
“It has impacted her severely, to the point that she is very sad all the time and she feels like she has no friends,” the mom said.
“We’re having to deal with other mental professionals to kind of help get her through this, and it’s very scary for her.”
In a statement to FOX4, the Blue Springs School District said it was made aware of the hitlist over the weekend.
“Our administrative staff, the Department of Public Safety, and the Blue Springs Police Department are working together on the investigation. At this time, the social media posts are found not to be credible,” the statement said.
But the girl’s mother wants the school to do more to protect her daughter.
The mother is one of several parents who have reported the hit list to the Blue Springs Police Department. Police said they have taken five phone calls from concerned parents and have taken two police reports for threats connected to the hit list.
The family member who posted on Facebook said attorneys were “soon to be involved”.
Newsweek has contacted the school district and Blue Springs police for further comment.
Another, more serious type of list was found at another U.S. school last month. At a school in Jensen Beach, Florida, parents, students and staff were nervous after discovering a list in the classroom that stated “note to self: on September 8th, bring a gun to school.”
Students were then kept at home and the school beefed up security after discovering the threatening writing.
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