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Two Columbine Students Suspended

  Littleton, Colorado

   Friday - April 19, 2002

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LITTLETON, Colorado, April 19, 2002: Two Columbine High School students who scribbled a hit list in a park near the school have been suspended and may face expulsion, school officials said.


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"It's unfortunate it occurred at all," Kaufman said, "but to have it occur this week is truly a difficult time for students and staff because of the anniversary."

Littleton, COLORADO, April 19, 2002: Authorities said students reported on Monday that the names of 11 students and two staff members were written in pencil on a pillar in Clement Park, with the words "My Hit List" above it. The two students, both juniors, confessed.

The list, titled "My hit list," was penciled directly onto a pillar in a pavilion at Clement Park. It named 11 students and two staff members of the school, which was the site of the tragedy on April 20, 1999, in which shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives.

"Whether (the students who posted the hit list) were serious or not, we took it very seriously," said Jefferson County schools spokesman Rick Kaufman.

"It's unfortunate it occurred at all," Kaufman said, "but to have it occur this week is truly a difficult time for students and staff because of the anniversary."

Two high school juniors, both males, were suspended Tuesday and Wednesday after police and school officials linked them to the list. Kaufman said the boys confessed. Their names were not released.

A search of the boys' possessions, including their lockers, found no "plans, writings, drawings or weapons" at the school, Kaufman said. Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Jim Shires said deputies did not search the boys' homes.

Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis talked with the parents of the students on the list and has informed all Columbine parents of the incident via an automated phone dialing system. No additional security precautions are planned, Kaufman said.

"We haven't found anything and based on what they're telling us, we don't believe they had any intention of harming anyone," Kaufman said.

Columbine students, who frequently walk through the park, discovered the list Monday morning in a pavilion commonly used for picnics. Shires said deputies photographed the list and then cleaned it off the pillar.

The names on the list contained "common elements" leading school and police to the two boys, Shires said. One boy was questioned Monday afternoon.

Additional disciplinary action against the two boys -- including expulsion -- is being considered, Kaufman said.

Shires said the boys face possible charges of inciting the destruction of life, a class 6 felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $100,000 fine.

"We take any threat extremely seriously," he said, "and then to throw it this close to the anniversary of Columbine, it causes so much more concern."

Columbine students do not have class today because it is a staff training day. A brief public ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clement Park to commemorate the anniversary.

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