Four students in Elyria, Ohio, were arrested and charged with severe threats, terrorist threats or a hidden weapon after a series of "hit lists" had been found at Franklin Elementary School and Eastern Heights Middle School
students , all of which are currently unidentified, have since been taken to Lorain County Juvenile Detention Center, said Elyria Police Chief Christopher Costantino, Fox News on Friday.
The first incident occurred on April 19, when a 14-year-old student at Eastern Heights Middle School was involved in a physical struggle with another student. After that, the director of the school found a "hit list" in her backpack. The adolescent was arrested after threatening "school," Costantino said, although he found that the teenager had no gun when she was taken into custody.
The student claimed she had written someone else's list, said Costantino. The police have not yet determined whether their statement is true or not.
Days later, on April 24, a ten-year-old girl was arrested at Franklin Elementary School after a knife was found in her backpack. She also wrote a hitlist with a 10-year-old boy who was also arrested.
The list, which had been alerted to the school officials and was later found in the rubbish, described all the people who allegedly wanted to "stab" the students, according to FOX8, according to police records.
One student reportedly informed a teacher that the 10-year-old girl "told other students that she had a knife, a hit list, and wanted to stab people," Costantino said.
Later, the students told the police that the names on the list were people "who were not nice to them."
Another hit list was found the same day, again at Eastern Heights Middle School. A 12-year-old boy was arrested after a teacher reportedly overheard another student and asked him "to show me the list of people who want to kill you."
The 12-year-old boy and the 10-year-old boy who were arrested are brothers, said the police captain.
The police believe the lists are not interconnected, Costantino said, although he described the timing of the incident as something out of the ordinary
"This is the first time this has happened," he said  Forward "It's a twofold process – the criminal part of it and the school's disciplinary process," he said, adding that the children are likely to be suspended or even expelled.
"We want to find the underlying why they are so angry and why they express their anger like that," he said. Costantino said that the middle-school boy who was arrested told the police that making a list is "his way of letting go of anger".
Costantino said both schools did a "great job" and praised the officials for their swift action
"Matters of student and school safety are of the utmost urgency, and as the school administration and law enforcement team, we will continue to be tolerance-free Addressing threats and violence as we continue to address student behavior Student responses to emotional and social issues that they can experience at school and at home, "said Amy Higgins, communications and marketing director, Elyria School District, Fox News a statement. "It is our highest priority to keep our students and staff safe and to create a safe environment for students to feel safe and to reach their full potential."
"We would like to quickly praise our students and staff in these situations reporting information and our administrative team and our Elyria Police Department partners for their calm, swift and conscious handling of situations for the safety of all," the statement goes on.
"Our hope is that these children will get the help they need," Costantino said, adding that he is hopeful that the students "understand the severity and pain that caused them."