PD: Families seek charges in Maricopa 'hit list'

Posted at 12:48 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 21:56:26-04

Three families whose children were on a "hit list" found at a school in Maricopa last month want charges to be filed against the student who wrote the note.

Maricopa Police spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said a 10-year-old boy wrote a note entitled "wilt thou shall kill" and listed the names of eight other students on it.

The note was found on March 31 at Legacy Traditional School.

The boy told police that he was teased by the kids listed on the note and frustrated, but that he was not going to harm them. His parents told detectives that the boy had no access to firearms at home.

At the time, the parents and school were going to determine a punishment for the boy and none of the victims wanted to pursue charges, said police.

Since three families have changed their mind, the boy now faces possible charges of interference with or disrupting of an educational institution, threatening or intimidating and disorderly conduct.

The case has been forwarded to juvenile courts who will determine if charges will be filed.

Thursday afternoon, Legacy Traditional School released a statement to the media:

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, students at our Legacy Traditional School - Maricopa campus reported to school administrators information related to a student who had allegedly made a threat against eight classmates. The Maricopa Police Department was immediately notified, as were the parents of the student in question and the classmates allegedly threatened.

No charges have been filed related to this incident. The student subject to the police action was removed from campus and has not returned. Legacy Traditional School is pursuing appropriate disciplinary action, according to our written policy, and will continue to review all aspects of this incident to ensure proper procedures are and have been followed.

Legacy Traditional School campuses are among the safest in Arizona, and the safety of our students is our first and highest priority. We will continue to take all actions necessary to ensure our students can focus on learning and their academic achievement.