Fourth-Grade Student Charged With Making 'Kill List'

Fourth-Grade Student Charged With Making 'Kill List'

The student from Montgomery Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia, will not be arrested because of their age. Instead, they will be processed in juvenile intake due to the nature of the crime.

A fourth-grader will be charged with making terroristic threats after allegedly compiling a "kill list" of his classmates. The student from Montgomery Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia, has not been identified due to their age. However, reports state that the pupil will be not arrested, but will be processed in juvenile intake due to the nature of the crime. According to WJCL, this "kill list" was discovered after a thorough investigation was launched in the DeKalb County School District. Several Montgomery counselors and social workers were made available to extend their support to the ones who were in need. 



Although the student's identity wasn't released, a news outlet, WSBTV approached the fourth grader's mother, who was unaware of the situation. Lauren Taylor, the mother of the student accused of terrorist threats revealed that she didn't have any clue about the incident until someone told her about it. "I’m terrified, and to know that I haven’t been alerted in my email yet from the school or the district really upsets me," said Taylor. The officials further revealed that at no point during the accused child's presence were the other student's life in any form of immediate danger. 



This is not the first time a student has come up with the kill list. Even the gunman responsible for the tragic Dayton Ohio shooting that occurred on August 4, 2019, had an obsession with violence and mass shootings, and on several occasions expressed his desire to commit a mass shooting, said Police Chief Richard Biehl according to a report by CNN. "(Connor Stephen Betts was) very specifically seeking out information that promotes violence," added FBI Special Agent in Charge Todd Wickerham. His former high school classmates revealed that he too just like the fourth-grader mentioned above, kept a "hit list" of people he wanted to either kill or rape. He was also a part of a "pornogrind" band which indulgenced in extremely graphic, and violent lyrics. 



Law enforcement sources further revealed that the boy's family members found written notes in which the shooter expressed an interest in killing people. Bett's friend informed the authorities how comfortable the gunman was around guns. "He enjoyed shooting," said Bett's friend. "He seemed to have an interest in guns, how do they work, that sort of thing." Another unidentified friend of the 24-year-old said that his list contained names of girls who turned him down for dates as well. She further mentioned how Betts would often simulate shooting scenarios with other students and how he would often threaten to kill himself and everyone around him on several occasions. "He loved to look at you and pretend to shoot with guns, guns with his hands," she said.  


No one came forward with information regarding Connor Stephen Betts' violent feelings until it was too late. Thankfully, in the case of the former, the authorities and faculty members were attentive enough to take action this early on to curb such violent feelings festering the child's mind. 


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