‘Shocked’: Police charge Upper Dauphin student for writing ‘kill list’

LOYALTON, Pa. (WHTM) – A Dauphin County teenager is in trouble with police after he apparently wrote names on a “kill list.”

State police in Lykens filed terroristic threat charges Thursday against the Upper Dauphin Area Middle School student.

Police have not said if the student had plans to attack his classmates, but the list was enough to worry some parents and prompt a call to law enforcement.

Like a lot of parents, Lisa Stoneroad worries.

“Well, when I first saw it, I saw it on Facebook,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my goodness.'”

The story spread through northern Dauphin County Thursday; a news release from state police said at the end of August, a 14-year-old at the middle school wrote four names on his left arm.

Someone noticed he had titled it “kill list,” according to the release.

“It had me very shocked,” Stoneroad said. “And very worried.” Her 7-year-old daughter goes to Upper Dauphin schools. Two of her older kids used to.

“And that makes me very concerned and very worried about that,” she said, even though none of her kids currently attends the middle school. “Could have happened to anybody.”

State police said the four names belong to a 38-year-old school official and three fellow students. Two of them are also 14 years old, but the police report did not specify the age of the third student.

None of the people involved was identified.

“This is the first time I’ve actually seen something like this happen in Upper Dauphin,” Stoneroad said.

Police removed the student from class without incident, according to the release. His mental health was evaluated, and Thursday troopers charged him with making terroristic threats.

The district would not comment on the charges, citing protections under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Stoneroad said she thinks administrators could have done more, especially to communicate with parents.

“Why do I want to send my kids back to that school?” she said. “Because it could happen to them. It could happen to any of the kids there.”

A spokeswoman for Dauphin County said because it’s a juvenile case, the district attorney’s office is unable to release more information.

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