Pickerington middle school student removed from school after showing hit list to classmates

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio – A student at Toll Gate Middle School in Pickerington was removed from school on Tuesday after it was discovered the student showed a hit list to other students.

A spokesperson for the Pickerington Local School District said the student was taken out of school after the incident was brought to the attention of school administration. The principal at Toll Gate Middle School received the notice about an incident regarding a 6th grade student.

According to the report, after the principal questioned the student, they admitted to making the list threatening to kill 20 students and two teachers. The principal learned from the student that the list was created because these students and staff members bugged him, and he believed one of the students listed was gay and didn't like the way the student looked at him.

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An officer spoke with the suspect's mother and she said she was shocked that her child would do this.

Upon further investigation, the mother said that her child did not have access to any weapons. She did mention that she was concerned he would harm himself because of the incident.

The student was then taken to the Fairfield Medical Center for a mental evaluation and will be disciplined in accordance with district policy.

The district is working with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office as the agency investigates.

The spokesperson said parents of the students on the list were contacted and they do not believe this to be a credible threat for students at this time.

Charges against the student are pending.

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