Thursday, November 06, 2008


The Amherst Police Department have taken three Marion L. Steele High School students into custody and have charged them with Unruliness, Inducing Panic, and Aggravated Menacing.

The charges followed an investigation after a “hit list” was discovered and turned over to Police according to Lieutenant Joseph Kucirek of the Amherst Police Department. “On the morning of November 4th 2008 the Amherst Police Department received information in which three underclassmen students of Marion L Steele High School had created what they termed a “hit list” the previous day during their lunch period.”

The “hit list” was eventually recovered by the Police Department and the parents of the 18 male and female students whose names appeared on the list were notified of the situation. Several interviews with witnesses and/or suspects were conducted which lead to three underclassmen being charged with Unruliness, Inducing Panic, and Aggravated Menacing.

The case will be referred to the Lorain County Juvenile Court.

The three underclassmen suspects were cooperative with Officers during the investigation and were later expelled by school authorities. The underclassmen were later released to the custody of their parents.

At this time, the Amherst Police Department is unable to release specific details on this incident other than there were no injuries to any students, no alleged acts of violence were ever carried out by the suspects and there were no weapons brought to school or otherwise recovered as a result of the investigation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a student at Amherst Steele. Things like this happen anywhere. Students get along. Anyone can be a friend to anyone. Respect and other characteristics are taught are taught at an early age through the Amherst school district. The kids meant no harm.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous concerned mom said...

Well in this day and age you can never be sure if they really "meant no harm" or not. I'm sure if you ask some of students at the schools that have had shootings they too may have said the same thing but you never know. I say better safe then sorry and take the time to really investigate to make sure that they really "meant no harm." Hopefully they didn't have anything real behind the list but if my childs name was on it I'd want something done.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Amherst PD. "Lists" need to be taken seriously in today's day and age. If not the possibility of another tragedy could rear it's ugly head. Then on the news there would be all sorts of people saying "they were good kids", "let's not place blame, have some feelings for the parents and friends", etc. This sound familiar?

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

Regardless of whether or not the students real intention was to follow through on the "hit list", these kids are old enough to understand the seriousness of their creating a "hit list" in the first place.
They knew their behavior was illegal.
They are old enough to face the consequences and hopefully learn from this experience.
I am glad that this situation is being taken seriously and I hope that the judge who gets this case punishes accordingly.
We do not need another Columbine occuring anywhere.
Good job to the Amherst P.D.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The kids meant no harm". Sure and the kids at Colubine, the idiot at Virginia Tech, who both made it known publicly what they wanted to do I guess also meant no harm. Good job to the Amherst PD, the staff at Amherst Steele, and any kids involved that helped stop these kids..Now, lock'em up. Don't say all they need is help. We the people are tired of helping. Lock'em up.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous James said...

You can never assume it was fake or not going to happen. when police find something like this they must step up and take action. look at what happend last year with that csyco chinease dude at the one school killed ppl than took his own life..

and im glad to see it wasent in lorain this time.. these kids are getting bad too..

11:12 AM  
Anonymous rlm-Lorain said...

If these kids are old enough to be in high school, then they are old enough to understand that for every action there is a reaction, and that for every behavior there is a consequence. If we as a society do not follow through with the consequences, then what lesson do they learn? Unfortunately this behavior carries a heavy consequence, and they need to "pay the piper", so to speak. It is unfortunate that they chose to act this way, but it is still our responsibility to make sure they learn their lesson and set an example of them.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I graduated from Amherst in 1992. I remember a kid having a gun in Mr Hause's class prior to me getting to the high school. Imagine that happening now. That kid, who I won't mention his name, is probably living a very normal life if he didn't do something stupid again. My point is that if this happened now things would be way different. One of my friends was in that class and had the gun pointed at him. He still has issues with that. I think this should be taken very seriously and all parents and students should learn from this.

1:26 PM  

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