Coupeville Middle School student accused of writing ‘hit list’

A 13-year-old student at the Coupeville Middle School was arrested Wednesday for allegedly writing a “hit list” that included other students.

The school contacted the Coupeville Marshal’s Office at about 9:15 a.m., March 29, about allegations that the male student had written the “hit list” on his cell phone containing the names of five other middle-school students.

Another student reported the existence of the list to her parents, and the girl’s parents contacted school officials.

An investigator allegedly located the list of the students’ names, along with “issues” the boy had with each student, according to the Marshal’s Office.

The boy reportedly admitted to investigators that it was a “hit list,” but said he never intended to take action against anyone, according to Town Marshal Chris Garden.

The student said he wrote the list just to release some anger, Garden said. The list contained no specific threats.

A few other students were aware of the list, which was written at least two months ago, but didn’t tell adults or authorities about it, Garden said. Those students also told investigators that they didn’t believe the boy would take any action.

The parents of all the students on the list were notified, Garden said.

The student was taken into custody and booked into the Island County Juvenile Detention Center on five counts of violation of RCW 28A,635.100, which is “intimidating any administrator, teacher, classified employee or student by threat of force or violence.” He was later released to his parents.

The student’s cell phone was seized by police and is being held in evidence pending a search warrant for forensic examination.

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