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Police, school ID'd alleged 'hit list' author quickly

Danville police and Boyle County High School administrators say it took only a few hours to figure out who used a ballpoint pen to write a "hit list" in a bathroom stall at the school.

A 15-year-old boy who had just transferred to Boyle County High School was questioned by police about 11 p.m. Thursday, and the investigation was turned over to a juvenile court worker, authorities say.

Danville police Chief Jay Newell said police have requested that the student be charged with first-degree terroristic threatening at a school.

The school was able to quickly identify the student who wrote the list of names because he had class with all the teachers and students on the list, Assistant Principal Will Begley said. The school has not yet decided on disciplinary action.

The writing in the stall also noted that a female student, who was named, was going to bring a gun to the school Friday. Newell said police determined during the investigation that the message wasn't truthful, but police are still investigating whether the female student knew about the note.

She was allowed to attend school Friday.

The incident was reported to police about 8:15 p.m. Thursday after a school custodian saw the writing in the stall and told the principal. The names — including three teachers and a handful of students — have been removed, Begley said.

Parents were contacted about the list Thursday night. Begley said all the teachers and students returned to school on Friday.

Police have not found any weapons during the investigation.

"The school was right on top of this, and they worked very, very closely with our officers who were involved," Newell said. "We made a good team."