Teenagers arrested for posting hit list on Web

Sunday, February 20, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:21 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Two former Gentry Middle School students were arrested Thursday on charges of posting a list on the Internet containing names of students and faculty members to kill, according to Columbia police.

The two teens were charged with making a terrorist threat after police received a tip from a Gentry Middle School faculty member about the Web site, Columbia police Captain Brad Nelson said Friday.

The list titled “Top 10 to Kill” included the names of 10 Gentry Middle School students and two faculty members, Nelson said. The list was posted last May and linked to the suspects’ free Web site, he added.

“We take it extremely serious even if we have not found that they took any actions to commit the act,” Nelson said.

The two suspects were turned over to Boone County juvenile authorities after their arrest, and Nelson said it’s his understanding that they are still being held. Police have and will be notifying the persons on the list, he added.

“We are making a concentrated effort to have this site removed,” Nelson said.

Gentry Middle School Principal Debra Corkery refused to comment. However, a memo from the school notified families about the incident. The memo said the school takes the safety and security of its students and employees seriously and it also encouraged parents to talk to their children about how it is never acceptable to make verbal or written threats to others.

Missourian reporters Tara Leitner and Lynsea Garrison contributed to this report.

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