Florida high school student writes ‘hit list’: investigation

LYNN HAVEN, Florida (WMBB) – A criminal investigation is underway after a student wrote a “list of results” with the names of other students on a whiteboard at Mosley High School, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

“It has been reported to the administration that a student posted a list of names on a whiteboard and referred to that list as his ‘hit list,'” principal Brian Bullock said in a call to his parents. “The student who created this listing and made the comment is currently with law enforcement.”

Bullock added that safety remains the top priority for school leaders and that the situation is taken seriously whether the student is joking or not.

“We have personally contacted the parents of the names on the list,” he added. “Parents, this is an isolated incident, but I felt it was important for everyone to be aware and I wanted you to hear it from me. It is also a good reminder that in today’s world, all threats will be taken seriously, potentially impacting school and law enforcement.

Bullock also praised the students who came forward to tell adults about the incident.

“Parents, please talk with your child tonight about things that shouldn’t be discussed in a school setting. We take them seriously,” he said.

Bay County Sheriff’s officials said they arrested a student for misdemeanor disrupting the operation of the school.

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Martha K. Merrill