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Sheriff: Student had list of 'people to kill'


According to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, a student made a hit list of students, teachers, and an administrator that he wanted to kill.

According to the report, the student, who's name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, said he made the threats because they were, "People who don't think highly of me."

A tenth grader at Coahulla Creek High School, Andrea Crider, was the first student to report the threats to her principal.

"He told me he was going to threaten to shoot everybody, so that day I went and told somebody," Crider said.

On Oct. 16, Whitfield Sheriff's Deputies arrested the student on school property. According to the report, the student had a yellow notebook written inside in German was the phrase "Menschen zu toten/Ziele" when the school resource officer put the phrase into a translator it came back as "People to Kill."

"I was real scared and I knew after all the shootings that have been going on, someone had to be alerted," Rhonda Webb said. "She come in and said, 'Mom, I need to tell you something it is bad, this boy threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot students.'"

Webb said her daughter has been bullied at school because of her size, but despite the possibility of more ridicule for being a snitch her daughter did the right thing.

"I am very proud of her," Webb said. "She told me, and she told the school and alerted the people that needed to be alerted."

The Whitfield County School District would not go on camera but a representative, Eric Beavers, did release a statement regarding the incident:

"Educators at Coahulla Creek High School responded immediately to evidence that a juvenile student may have threatened the safety of others. Details about student discipline are student records protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and cannot be released by the school system.

"The nature of the information provided to administrators invoked standard procedures to involve the school resource officer, which then involved the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office that is now handling the investigation. The student has not been in school since the discovery and law enforcement officers continue to investigate. We appreciate the school resource officers and staff at the sheriff's office for their rapid response and thank them for a steady partnership that helps us provide safe school buildings for our students."

The Superintendent for the district, Judy Gilreath, told CBS Atlanta's Mike Paluska over the phone the district followed procedures in place for this type of situation and no students or faculty were ever in any immediate danger.

The district did not send out letters to alert parents about the student's arrest. That is something that Webb said they should have done.

"I had to learn what happened from my daughter," Webb said. "That's not right. I have been told nothing by anyone and I would like for the police to notify, us or school about what will be done. It makes me want to home school my kids."

The student was identified by students as a ninth grader. The sheriff's department will not release his information because he is charged a juvenile. The teen faces multiple counts of making terroristic threats.

The district said he is no longer attending Coahulla Creek High School.

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