Griffith police investigating school hit list

2014-04-02T17:00:00Z 2014-04-03T00:26:07Z Griffith police investigating school hit listTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 02, 2014 5:00 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | The Griffith Police Department confirmed Wednesday it is investigating a threatening letter that was discovered Friday at Wadsworth Elementary School.

School officials reportedly found a "hit list" Friday in which several students wrote a list of students they'd like to kill.

Griffith Police Chief Gregory Mance issued a statement Wednesday saying the Griffith Police Department, along with the Indiana Department of Child Services, is investigating the source and nature of the threatening letter, which was discovered March 28 at Wadsworth.

As the investigation continues, the Griffith Police Department and the Griffith Public Schools have taken cooperative precautions to ensure the safety of students, officials said.

A notice now posted on the school's website was sent to parents Tuesday saying the students who created the list were removed from the school. The notice to parents did not indicate what type of disciplinary action was taken.

Griffith schools Superintendent Peter Morikis couldn't be reached for comment.

Keith Mutka, who has two children at the school, said he found out about it casually from his daughter before the school alerted parents. He said his fourth-grader came home from school Friday and he was going over her report card with her and the day's events.

"She nonchalantly told me that two students were kicked out of her class for writing a 'kill list,' " he said. "I was completely shocked. I couldn't believe what I was hearing."

Mutka said it was too late to get in touch with anyone Friday, but the issue remained on his mind all weekend. He said he was told the principal would send out a note to parents Monday. He said he talked to neighbors about it who had children in the school and none received anything so he kept his children home Tuesday. Mutka also arranged a meeting with the principal Tuesday. 

"My reaction is that they needed to let the parents know what happened. That was my issue," he said. "I didn't send my kids on Tuesday, because I didn't feel it was safe. After I talked to the principal and I got the letter, I did send them on Wednesday. I have no idea who these kids are or what they are capable of."

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