limaohio.com

2 girls charged in 'hit list' case plead not guilty

December 14, 2012

KENTON — Two of the three girls accused of compiling a "hit list" entered the equivalent of not guilty pleas while a third failed to get an attorney in time for the hearing Thursday.


Two girls entered written pleas to avoid appearing at their arraignments. The court will set trial dates in both cases at a later time.


All three girls are charged with inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor.


The mother of the third girl told Hardin County Juvenile Judge James Rapp she was unable to get in contact with her daughter’s father to hire an attorney. The judge allowed her to apply for a court-appointed attorney and rescheduled her arraignment for Dec. 20.


The three are students at Kenton Middle School.


Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said the “hit list” appears to be part of a joke but stressed it was no laughing matter. He said police have to take such matters serious due to tragic events that have occurred at schools across the country.


One “hit list” was found Sept. 17 at Kenton Middle School. The girls were suspended from school following the incident.


Police later investigated a copycat incident at Espy Elementary School, but no charges were filed from that case.


A student at the middle school found the handwritten note on a hallway floor. It had at least 15 names of students and teachers on it.