Police in Springdale Borough are investigating two sixth-grade girls who compiled names of classmates on lists with a “kill” category but say there does not appear to have been a risk of immediate violence.
Springdale police Chief Julio Medeiros said police were notified about 4 p.m. Tuesday of the lists of names at Colfax Upper Elementary, which were divided into categories such as “like,” “like-like,” “hate” and “kill.”
“Obviously those were inflammatory words, so they had to be taken extremely seriously,” Chief Medeiros said, especially in light of the stabbing attack last month at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
“I do not believe that there are any safety concerns or any viable threats.”
Jan Zastawniak, spokeswoman for Allegheny Valley School District, said a student brought the lists to the attention of a staff member after school, prompting the district to call police.
“We have to take anything like this seriously, obviously,” Ms. Zastawniak said.
Disciplinary action was taken against the students who made the lists, though Ms. Zastawniak could not discuss specifics.
Chief Medeiros said police were at the school Wednesday to talk with students and answer questions during what was an otherwise normal day of classes at the school of about 230 students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade. He said bullying, peer competition and grudges, some playing out over social media, are all factors.
“A lot of it is competition with our girls and the age that they’re at,” he said. “This is a tough age.”
Chief Medeiros encouraged parents to take note of what their children are doing on social media and with personal devices.
At this time, police are not contemplating any charges, he added.
Robert Zullo: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-3909 or on Twitter @rczullo. First Published May 14, 2014 10:53 AM