HEBRON, Ohio (WCMH) — A Lakewood Middle School student was suspended after a “death list” book containing the names of classmates was found last week.
The student told staff the booklet titled “Death List” was a prop used in a fundraising effort and was misplaced at school. The Lakewood Principal Jess Fry said in a letter sent home to parents, “We did not find any evidence that the student had intended to harm students or that there were any plans beyond placing the students’ names on the list.”
Licking County Sheriff’s detectives were called to the school on March 15 and investigators discovered the incident happened the day before. The sheriff’s report listed the offense as inducing panic.
The female student served a three-day in-school suspension.
The student told staff and investigators the book was based upon a Japanese anime show titled “Death Note,” a depiction of a character attempting to rid the world of bad people by writing their names in a book. These people would die of a heart attack or from what was written in the book by the character.
The student stated she made the book over the weekend and was concerned when she lost it that when it was recovered she would get in trouble. Other students admitted they have these books, but don’t bring them to school, and don’t have any names in them. The student’s mother was notified of the incident and explained to authorities some form of discipline would be forthcoming.
At least one parent showed up at the middle school and voiced their concerns after the girl complained about her discipline to another student who was on the list.
The school letter states: “The safety of each student is our primary concern. I would like all of you to be aware of the content of the cartoon and remind your child of what is and is not appropriate in the school setting.”What others are clicking on: