COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Police said they’re investigating what they call a hit list of students and the suspect is a 13-year-old boy.
Investigators said that student at the Columbus Preparatory School for boys hacked his teacher’s work account and stole students’ personal information.
Police say the boy now charged with menacing and unauthorized use of property.
The school notified police on March 15 after they found out the boy allegedly hacked his teacher’s work account and stole the personal information of more than 60 students. Police say he then took that information and posted it on a website he made.
Authorities call it a hit list. They say he told a student he wanted to shoot up the houses of the kids on that list.
Sgt. Chantay Boxill with the Columbus Division of Police said when it comes to school threats, the department doesn’t take them lightly. Parents need to tell their kids the dangers of doing this and if you hear or see something say something.
“Parents need to make this a serious conversation, not a conversation that’s kinda blown over. Threats are taken seriously,” Boxill said.
Columbus city schools sent NBC4 the following statement.
We take all threats seriously — whether we perceive them to be real or not – and contacted Columbus police. The school’s principal and I then personally called the homes of all the student whose names were on the website list.
The parents of the accused boy also told NBC4’s Rob Sneed that the teachers need to do a better job of keeping a close eye on their students. The district spokesman would not respond to that.