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Elementary school student gets five-day suspension for creating "kill list"

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Toby Salinas tells KKTV that he was on a suspended student's "kill list."
Ever since the shootings at Columbine High School, which took place fifteen years ago this past Sunday, school administrators have tended to take any student threats very seriously. In this spirit, a publicly unnamed student at Pueblo's Sierra Vista Elementary has been suspended for five days for allegedly putting together a "kill list" featuring the names of ten kids and how he intended to rub them out. But was the roster actually part of a serious plot?

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The following screen captures depicting Sierra Vista Elementary courtesy of KKTV.
Pueblo County District 70 director of student services Greg Keasling confirmed the existence of the list to the Pueblo Chieftain.

The ten boys and girls on the list, along with the author's preferred manner of eliminating them, was "connected to a game that he and other students -- they were playing -- like tag," Keasling told the paper.

Keasling didn't identify any of the listed students, whose parents received personal calls from Sierra Vista's principal after the roster was discovered.

However, one boy, Toby Salinas, told KKTV that he was among those marked for elimination. He said he initially laughed off his inclusion, but became offended on behalf of others when he found out who else had been targeted.

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District personnel are currently investigating the case, and the school board could extend the student's five-day suspension if it's determined that the list was part of a genuine plan. But Keasling acknowledges that "at this point, the malice or the intent is unclear."

Determining whether or not students are legitimately at risk in such cases hasn't gotten any easier over the past decade and a half.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Follow That Story archive circa April 18: "Why 4/20 is the absolute worst day of the year in Colorado."

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18 comments
Trinda Weymouth
Trinda Weymouth

Major psychotherapeutic evaluation before being allowed to return too school. Ongoing therapy and evaluation stating student is not a threat too others, to avoid a violent outburst that results in real physical harm.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Should have expelled the perp & charge him with making terroristic threats. Joking about snuffing your peers out is no laughing matter.

Joe Cherry
Joe Cherry

Best way to deal..? Parents actually pay attention and distribute discipline, that's my suggestion.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

I would say keep said student AND his parents in the public spotlight. Like if any of them take a shit, we should know what it's consistency is.

Robin Hebert
Robin Hebert

Make it incredibly public, and post photos of minors on Facebook. Oh, did you ask for the worst way, or the best way to deal with a situation like this?

Dani Ball
Dani Ball

Dylan Klebolt had a list in his locker. 15 people. 10 of them were killed. Serious stuff! No one should suggest this is insignificant!

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

What the kid who made the list needs is a trip to a mental health specialist and pronto.

Ashley Ramirez
Ashley Ramirez

Why would they even tell the child he was on the list? With all the school incidents this would do nothing but scare the kid. Shawn the article said that the boy pictured was on the list, not the one who made it. Shame on whoever told him he was on it

Rodger Sherman
Rodger Sherman

Any list of names is called a kill list in schools. I'd like to see the list before making a judgment.

Justin Stoner
Justin Stoner

take all the kids on the list and let them beat the shit out of the one who made the list....and tasser his parents...just dont let the court system make any money of this.....

Shawn Allbritten
Shawn Allbritten

Being that children are soulless monsters these days, and very likely to bully those they deem beneath them, I do not find this kill list surprising in the least. Looking at this boy's picture, understanding the arrogance and haughtiness in his expression, one wonders just how far he was instrumental in pushing this child to write the list to begin with. Humans...especially their children...do not learn until someone picks up the biggest stick and bashes them with it.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

5 days is nothing. Anything bring done to educate why thats so wrong. I wonder what is going on in homes now. Parents are not parenting, they need to get more into their kids life. I would make the kid do some kind of community service feeding poor helping elderly something.

Bruce Nunnally
Bruce Nunnally

Probable some information on why this is inappropriate should be provided to the students. BUT, the staff should have and most likely DID know this "game" was taking place. And, if they didn't; why not? It seems that suspension of one young man is excessive when the entire staff should be held accountable. OWN YOUR PART IN THIS! set an example for the better of the school.

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

Expulsion & psychiatric hold. Having a kill list is no joke!!!

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