KENTON — Three girls charged in a case which a “hit list” was found at a middle school in September appeared in court Wednesday, asking for attorneys.
The parents of two of the three girls were found to not have enough money to hire attorneys so the court will appoint attorneys to represent them. A third girl requested a court-appointed attorney but the Judge James Rapp of Hardin County Juvenile Court said her father had a job and could afford the bill.
The three, all students at Kenton Middle School, were told to return to court with their attorneys on Dec. 13 for an arraignment on the charges of inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor and disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor.
Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said following an investigation the “hit list” appeared to have been part of a joke. He, however, said it was no laughing matter.
Police had to take it seriously due to violence at schools across the country, he said.
One “hit list” was found Sept. 17, at Kenton Middle School. The girls were suspended from school following the incident.
Police also experienced a copycat incident at Espy Elementary School but no charges have been announced 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.