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Police investigating after Amherst Junior High School staff discover student’s ‘hit list’

September 27, 2018

Police investigating after Amherst Junior High School staff discover student’s ‘hit list’

AMHERST, Ohio -- The Amherst Police Department is investigating after an Amherst Junior High School student made a threat against someone on their “hit list.”

A staff member at the school for 6th through 8th grade students became aware of an 8th grade student’s hit list Wednesday and alerted School Resource Officer Eric Layfield, according to a press release from Amherst police.

The student also made a verbal threat toward one of the two students on the list, police say.

Officer Layfield arrived at the school within about a minute and a half, Amherst Junior High School Principal Andrew Gibson said, adding that staff and police acted quickly to “neutralize” the situation.

Officer Layfield, along with the Amherst Police Department Detective Bureau, spoke with the student and the student’s family. The student’s family has cooperated with the investigation, police say.

Detectives checked the student’s home and said the student does not appear to have easy access to firearms, police say.

School officials removed the student from school pending the outcome of the police investigation and the school’s review of the matter, Principal Gibson said.

The investigation is ongoing as detectives make contact with the students on the list and determine any charges, police say.

Gibson sent a recorded telephone message to all parents of the about 800 students making them aware of the incident and emphasized that school safety is a priority. 

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