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Officials: Northampton High student created 'hit list'

Student had alleged hit list

Northampton Area School District police are working with authorities after finding out a high school student allegedly created a hit list of classmates the student wanted to kill.

The district superintendent informed parents via a robo-call early Monday evening and said the district will be pursuing administrative and legal action.


Its unclear when the list was made, but authorities said they got a call of a threat early Monday afternoon and then made the call to parents hours later.

"We try to make sure everybody gets the information upfront," said Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, "From me in particular, so no rumors are starting out there. We just want to be transparent about what I know and we want to inform all of our parents K - 12."

Kovalchik says the Northampton Area school district received a call around 3:30 p.m. Monday about a threat made by a high school student. NASD district police started an investigation with the assistance of Northampton police.

"A student made a list -- a hit list if you will -- against some of our students here at the high school," said Kovalchik, "The administration and the police department found out who that person was. They know who the person is and we are dealing with it from an administrative stand point as well as a legal stand point."

The list only includes a few students according to administrators. Authorities are not saying what grade the student is in, or if the student has been suspended or reprimanded in any way. The investigation is ongoing.

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