Thea Digiammerino

Wolcott High Student Made ‘Death List' Against Other Students: Police

Police responded to Wolcott High School after the discovery of what the chief described as a "death list" with the names of several students on it Wednesday.

According to a letter from the superintendent, the student accused of making the list was identified and interviewed. According to police, the "death list" had five names on it. There was also a "nice list" with two students listed.

"It's something that we take serious. He might be remorseful that he said that and probably shouldn't have said it but the thing is we're not going to take any chances with any type of incident such as this," said Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stephens.

Police determined that there was no imminent danger to any students and the teen was removed from school, officials said. He was charged with breach of peace.

According to police, on Tuesday several students bullied the student, saying he looked like a school shooter, and he wrote the list sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. Another student found out about the list and reported it.

Stephens said the student is a sophomore and has special needs. There have been no previous issues. 

"We did go to his home to make sure there were no weapons he could have access to. There were antique weapons. There was no ammunition anything like that so it wasn't an immediate, credible 'I'm going to carry out what I said' threat," Stephens said.

“I know and fully understand that hearing news such as this can be disconcerting for any parent or teacher. I want to assure you that all of our staff and the Wolcott Police Department will always treat any information like that which we received today with the highest level of seriousness and that student safety takes priority above all else,” Superintendent Tony Gasper wrote in the letter.

The superintendent says for the immediate future, the student will not attend school.

More details were not immediately available.

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