Letter sent home with parents after threat of ‘hit list' at middle school


ONALASKA, Wash. - A letter was sent home with students of a South Sound middle school after a boy allegedly made threats and claimed to have a “hit list" targeting students.


Onalaska Middle School student Sierra Hall said she believes she was a target of the 13-year-old boy accused of making the list.


 “He says he has a hit list, and I’m number one on it, and it just scares me,” said Hall.


Hall’s grandmother, Rose Nedved, said she doesn’t want her 14-year-old granddaughter to be alone since the alleged threat was made.


“She’s scared. I have to have people walk her to and from school,” said Nedved. “It’s frustrating. A child should be able to go to school without being afraid.”


Onalaska School District Superintendent Scott Fenter called in the Lewis County Sheriff's Office to investigate, but deputies said they received conflicting statements from witnesses and were unable to confirm the existence of such a list.


Fenter said he believes the boy thought he was being bullied by classmates and lashed out by making the threat.


Regardless, Fenter said any threatening comment is taken very seriously.


“If they make a comment like there’s a hit list, there’s going to be disciplinary action,” said Fenter.


KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Richard Thompson asked Fenter if the student has been suspended or expelled.  Fenter said he could not discuss specifics of disciplinary action.