CASS CITY — What started out as a 10-day suspension for two Cass City teens involved in compiling a ‘hit list’, has now been extended throughout the rest of the school year.
The Cass City school board met in closed session Monday evening to address the future of the two 14-year-old girls.
On the anniversary of the Columbine High School tragedy, April 20, a fellow Cass City student spotted a list with 20 names of students who attend the school and how they were to die, scribbled on the front of a student’s folder.
Cass City Schools superintendent Ronald Wilson said that due to some bad publicity from electronic media, he believes the board was placed in a hard spot.
“The facts of the story is these kids are good kids,” he said. “I trust our local authorities and they believe there wasn’t intent to carry this out.
“It was just blown way out of proportion.”
The school board was confronted with few parents Monday evening, who said they believe the students should have been expelled right away.
The parents added their children had received such punishments for other disciplinary issues.
Wilson replied that those issues involved very different circumstances.
A Cass City High School student shared her view on the matter, saying she believed the hit list was “overwhelming.”
“Do something about it, please,” said Marisa Schneeberger. “People think that it’s funny and it’s really not.
“It’s making us children look like we’re kind of crazy.”
The Cass City Police Department was to turn over a full report of its investigation to Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene.
As of presstime, Reene had not made any statements on whether or not he would take legal action on the matter.
Stacey Tucker is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at email@example.com.