High School Hitlist
African American students singled out in threat posted on Michigan school wall.
A student at Michigan's Port Huron Northern High School is being accused of singling out a group of African-American students in a “hit list" that was written on a bathroom wall.
In a letter to parents and students, principal Charles G. Mossett said the school found a racial slur that implied a threat to eight students whose names were on the list.
He said the threat specifically said Tuesday would be the date the threat would be acted upon.
"Even though it is difficult to accurately assess the credibility of the threat, the Port Huron Area School District and the Port Huron Police Department take this type of threat very seriously," Mossett wrote. "As Principal of Port Huron Northern High School, the only thing more important to me than the education of the students is their safety. The Port Huron Police Department has volunteered to provide additional security to help assure the safety."
Mossett said police and school officials would be reviewing surveillance footage, interviewing students and even examining writing samples in an attempt to find the person responsible for the threat.
"Port Huron Northern High School does not tolerate this type of racial intimidation or harassment. Anyone found to participate in such acts will continue to be given swift and severe consequences such, but not limited to, suspension and or recommendation for expulsion," Mossett said.
Superintendent Ronald Wollen said an increased police presence would remain Tuesday at the school as a precaution, but that classes would go on normally.
There is a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.