Minn. Student Expelled For Posting Hit List On Facebook

A Minnesota high school expelled a freshman who allegedly posted a hit list on his Facebook page.

A Minnesota high school expelled a freshman who allegedly posted a hit list on his Facebook page.

The list on Facebook included 30 names of school staff, students, and graduates that the student wanted to see dead, Chisholm High School Superintendent James Varichak told the Duluth News Tribune.

There was no threat in the post, other than the heading bearing the words hit list. The decision to expel the teen happened at a special school board meeting.

“We had to prove that it was a substantial disruption to the education process, and we believe it would be if he was to return (to school),” Varichak told the Duluth newspaper. The superintendent said he found out about the list when a parent showed him the posting of the list on Facebook using a cell phone during a basketball game. He immediately notified the police and the boy’s parents.

The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office is considering whether or not to press criminal charges, and the teen is now enrolled in an alternative education program. The school is also using the incident as a starting point for a seminar that will address how to properly use social media.

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