Possible hit list found at Leslie elementary school


LESLIE, Mich. (WLNS) – Police investigate a possible hit list found by a student at a Leslie Elementary School.

Parents say they are concerned to say the least. Superintendent Jeff Manthei says despite popular opinion, the school is taking this issue seriously.

The parents whose children are on the list pulled them out of school for the rest of the year. One mother went to clean out her son’s desk today.

Wednesday morning, a student at Woodworth Elementary found a note with a list of names of six students on it.

“I don’t have a single clue where this is coming from,” said Shauna Howe, a parent of a student on the list.

Howe found out her son’s name was on the list Wednesday night. She says another student on it told his parents who then made sure the rest of the parents were aware.

She then had the talk with her son who at first didn’t know what the note meant.

“I had him read it to start the conversation and as he read, you could hear the tone of his voice changing. The color fell out of his face,” said Howe.

Leslie Superintendent Jeff Manthei, who did not want to appear on camera, says the school turned the investigation over to Leslie Police. But in the meantime, he wants students to feel safe.

“A student’s safety is most important because if they don’t feel safe, they can’t learn,” said Manthei.

But Howe says her son doesn’t feel safe at all.

“He’s terrified to go back to school. He’s not returning for the rest of the school year,” said Howe.

Leslie Police Chief Bob Delamarter says while the investigation is going on he doesn’t want people to make assumptions.

“We want to know what actually has occurred and what the intention was,” said Delamarter.

Howe says she’s working to be there for her son while he stays home from school and she hopes to see action taken soon.

“When you see your child’s name written on paper that somebody wants to shoot him and knowing full well that child is in his classroom is just, it’s not okay with me,” said Howe.

Howe says she and the other parents hope to meet with school officials next Tuesday: a tentative meeting is in the works. The school board is set to meet on June 11th where parents also plan to voice their concerns.

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