A Port St. Lucie teen has been arrested after police say he compiled an 18-name “hit list” of students and staff at his high school and told classmates he intended to shoot the people on it, authorities reported Monday.
The 14-year-old, whose name was withheld by authorities because he is a minor, attends Somerset College Preparatory Academy, a charter school, and now faces a felony charge for the written threat, according to reports released by Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Sgt. Frank Sabol.
The teen was taken into custody Friday, three days after the school police officer was tipped to the list by another student, according to the arrest report.
That tip sent the investigator and school staff sorting through the garbage where classmates said the 14-year-old tossed the ripped page after telling them it was a list of people he was going to kill, the report said.
They found a lot of little pieces and eventually reconstructed a list that named not only students, but also the principal, the school police officer and other staff, the report said.
When interviewed the teen referred to the paper as his “Hit List”, but said it was a joke. According to the police report, he said “the names on the list were his friends and he didn’t mean it.”
Investigators said the paper held more than a list, however.
The paper also had a faint drawing of the campus layout. On the back, investigators reported, the teen wrote he was going to kill the school’s receptionist, execute anyone in the office and hold the principal at gunpoint, ordering her to excuse the “Code Red”.
Also, beside each name was a Roman numeral, which one student told the investigator indicated that was how many round the teen planned to put into each person.
Police interviewed two students whose names were on the list. They recalled the teen calling it his “Kill List”.
The students reported the teen also spoke of making Napalm out of laundry detergent and gasoline. When questioned by police about his access to weapons, the teen said that his father had guns and ammunition.
According to the report, the teen told one student not to come to school May 15 and said, “I’m warning you.”