Police: Student allegedly wrote 'hit list' of targeted classmates, teachers
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS12) —
Port St. Lucie police are investigating a student after a possible hit list was found at a local school.
According to police Sergeant Frank Sabol, the student attends Somerset College Preparatory Academy and is accused of putting together a list of fellow students and staff he allegedly wanted to kill.
The student has been removed under the Baker Act, which means he is now undergoing a court ordered mental health evaluation.
Police are expected to release their report sometime Thursday morning with more information surrounding this incident.
Erika Rains, the school's principal, released this statement in regards to the incident:
I want to address the concerns of parents who may have seen a news story about a threatening note found on campus. There is nothing more important to Somerset College Prep than the safety of our students.
All threats are taken seriously and investigated in cooperation with local authorities. Our on-campus Port St. Lucie Police Officer was immediately made aware of the situation, and the school immediately implemented all safety protocols and additional security measures to support and protect the health, safety and welfare of everyone on campus.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department conducted an investigation, identified the author of the note and that student was removed from campus. Because this is an on-going police investigation which involves a minor, there is little information I can share at this time. However, I can say that no weapons were found on campus and our students were never in any danger.
I will continue to put our students needs first and will continue to work cooperatively with the Port St Lucie Police Department, our School District and our Somerset family to ensure the safety and security of every individual on our campus.