Berea 6th Grader Arrested for “People to Kill” List

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is calling it a prank, but parents of Berea Middle School students aren’t so sure.

A 12-year-old student in the sixth grade at Berea Middle School was charged Thursday with disturbing the school after deputies say she compiled a “people to kill” list.  The list contained the names of eight students, and was left on the floor outside the assistant principal’s office.

A sixth-grader was questioned and charged with disturbing school, however, officials said there was no indication the girl intended to carry out the plan. According to a press release from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was not in possession of any type of weapon, and she told the deputy the note was just a prank.

Parents of the students on the list were notified by school officials.

Pamela Campbell says her husband got a call from the principal saying their grandson was on the list. She is her grandson’s guardian.

“That’s just not normal,” she said of the note. “You just don’t write stuff like that down.”

The girl was released into her parents custody.  Her case will be heard in family court and she has been suspended from school with a possible expulsion pending.

Let’s hope this is a wake-up call for her family.  This is a textbook cry for help.  Whether or not she had a weapon is moot.  Pranks involving “people to kill” lists are dangerous territory, and a clear sign that it’s time to get this kid the help she’s obviously reaching out for.

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