Student suspended over ‘kill list’

Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton, as seen on their website, Jan. 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton, as seen on their website, Jan. 22, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) – A Beaverton middle school student was suspended after sending an online survey to other students that asked which of 17 specific students should be killed.

The sixth-grader at Meadow Park Middle School sent the survey in an email to several students

One of the questions: Who would you kill of these people? — and 17 names were listed.

The school district was alerted and they’re working with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

The student was immediately suspended, but Chris Johnson said that’s not enough. His son is an 8th grader at the middle school

Beaverton school parent Chris Johnson, Jan. 22, 2104 (KOIN 6 News)
Beaverton school parent Chris Johnson, Jan. 22, 2104 (KOIN 6 News)

“It needs to be more than a suspension. It should be an expulsion or at least relocated to a different school or get him out of that environment, because he literally named 17 kids and said who would you like to see killed,” he told KOIN 6 News. “That’s not acceptable.”

The school said they performed a risk assessment on the boy and said he does not pose a threat to the other kids. They will use this incident to discuss it with the other students in the school and will keep an eye on him in the future.

The boy, whose name is being kept private, released a statement through the school district:

Dear Parents,

I am very sorry for the trouble that I have caused with the survey. I know that the “killing” part did unsettle you, but I did not really mean that I would harm any of my classmates. They are all my friends and I have no hatred towards any of them. I meant for that part in the survey to be a joke but now I understand that none of it is funny and that killing is definitely not something to joke about. Again, I am sorry for all the disruption I have caused. I hope that all of you will forgive me.

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