‘Hit list’ causes worry at Firelands Elementary


Young suspects have been identified, superintendent says

By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



A “hit list” was found Thursday by a Firelands Elementary School parent and turned over to educators, according to district superintendent Mike Von Gunten.

The list was not found on school property or posted online, he said.

It is unclear who’s on the list. Von Gunten declined to clarify whether students or staffers were targeted, saying he is still trying to identify each name.

“We made contact with those individuals we identified on the list,” Von Gunten said.

He released a statement Thursday night on the school’s website stating an investigation is underway.

“Today, we received information of a suspected ‘hit list’ that we believe has been created by one or more of our students at the elementary school,” Von Gunten wrote.”Based on the investigation thus far, we have no reason to believe this is a credible threat.”

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office has been notified of the incident.

School was not locked down Thursday after the list was discovered, nor were classes cancelled Friday.

“We have extra counselors on hand and extra staff in the building this morning,” Von Gunten said. “We have identified those responsible with the list. The students we believe wrote the list were very young.”

The elementary building has students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Von Gunten said the students involved are on the younger side.

“We have made contacts with those parents with children on the list,” he said. “Safety is our most important priority.”

Von Gunten said the district is making sure the students involved are getting all the assistance they may need.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

Young suspects have been identified, superintendent says

By Valerie Urbanik

vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

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