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Charge filed against Berlin student who scrawled "kill" on bathroom mirror

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 20, 2007 02:24 PM


Officials said a misdemeanor charge was filed Monday morning against a 10-year-old Berlin Memorial School student who has allegedly admitted to writing the word "kill" on a bathroom mirror and forcing the school into lock-down.

Thee charge of disturbing a school or assembly was filed against the 10-year-old in juvenile court in Worcester, said BerlinPolice Chief Otto F. Rhode Jr., who would not provide the sex or grade of the student.

The South Street school went into lock-down again for an hour last Wednesday afternoon while police investigated. The incident occurred just two weeks after another student got into trouble for compiling “kill” and “protect” lists, Rhode said.

The 10-year-old confessed to a teacher the next morning, Thursday, while police were at the school to continue their investigation. The child was suspended.

In February, a 12-year-old student was suspended for penning “a kill list” and “protect list” written in response to bullying at the school. The sixth-grader did not make the lists public and was not charged. Rhode said the 10-year-old apparently scrawled the word on the mirror in response to those lists.

“They’re not linked as far as any kind of conspiracy, but they are linked. The student who wrote kill on the mirror more or less got the idea from the previous incident,” Rhode said. “I can’t elaborate, but it probably wouldn’t have happened if the first incident hadn’t happened.”

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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