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Summerville student suspended over 'kill list' to face disciplinary hearing next week

A Summerville student suspended after creating a list of names with the heading, "People to kill," will be kept out of school until a disciplinary hearing next week, according to Dorchester School District spokesperson Pat Raynor.

A teacher found the note, written on a piece of notebook paper on the floor at Dubose Middle School on Friday and immediately alerted school administrators, according to an incident report.

The student, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, admitted to deputies that he wrote the list, but said he wrote it as a method of "stress relief," according to the incident report. The student told deputies he wrote the list just as other students might keep journals and had intended for the list to be thrown away, the report states.

The paper had a descending list of names, 14 of which were students from multiple classes, according to Dorchester School District spokesperson Pat Raynor.

The student was identified after a thorough investigation by school administrators and the school's resource officer, Raynor says.

According to the incident report, school leaders attempted to collect writing samples from students to determine the author of the letter. That led to one student who was called into the principal's office and asked to provide a list of children that had been bothering him, the report states. Based on the names listed and the writing pattern and style, the principal then asked the student if he had composed the list found on the floor and he responded that he had, the report states.

The student's parents were notified and told authorities they do not own any firearms and that their child did not have access to such weapons, the report states.

The student was immediately suspended until a district discipline hearing, Raynor says.

The students named on the list were all identified and their parents were notified of the situation, Raynor says.

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