A young student from the Finley Middle School in Glen Cove, N.Y., was taken into custody by police after a classmate told authorities that he had made a “hit list” of family members, students and faculty at the school.
The 12-year-old Long Island resident is currently undergoing a mental health evaluation. A search of the boy’s home came back clean and authorities believe that he did not have access to weapons.
The boy is currently at North Shore Hospital. According to NBC, he was not been charged with a crime. The boy may have been a victim of bullying. His friend, Julian Tasayco, said that he probably made the list so that he could “get people scared.”
“He's a good kid,” said Tasayco. “He's smart, but I never expected him to do something like this.” The boy has been suspended from school until a hearing can be held. He does not have any past history of violence. “We don't think his intent was to make good on the list at all,” said Glen Cove Det. Lt. John Nagle.
“I am worried but I feel so sorry for that kid, too. I think he needs attention,” said Virginia Navarrete, a grandmother of a child at the school.
Officials at the school have not offered any explanation about the reasons behind the creation of the list, but they did say that the parents of every child who was named were notified. The school also said that it “took immediate action to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.”
“Families were notified, and the schools are safe,” said Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi. “And I think we just have to be a little more vigilant about these signs or indications that there's a troubled youth or troubled family within our midst.”