• Police investigating alleged hit list found at elementary school in Springdale


    SPRINGDALE, Pa. - Springdale police and officials from the Allegheny Valley School District are investigating an alleged hit list.

    Officials from the district have confirmed that a hit list was found at Colfax Upper Elementary School.

    Springdale police Chief Julio Medeiros said two 6th grade students have been questioned and another was being interviewed Wednesday.

    According to Medeiros, a student brought the list to the attention of school officials Tuesday.

    Medeiros said he couldn’t say how many students’ names were on the list, but it did use the words “kill” and “hate” on it.

    Police are working to determine if there was a viable threat to students, but Medeiros said he doesn’t think that’s the case. He also said the school is working on disciplinary action against the students involved.

    “I'm concerned, and I was shocked to think that it happened here in our area because it's a quiet neighborhood and you don't hear of violence or things,” said grandparent LeeAnn Frye.

    At this point, the chief said no charges will be filed.

    A letter was sent home to parents Tuesday stating, "At the end of the school day, Allegheny Valley School District administration and the school guidance counselor investigated an alleged "kill list" written by multiple students.  The appropriate actions were taken to determine the validity of the alleged threat.  The Springdale Borough Police Department was contacted and opened an investigation into the incident.   At no point was any student or teacher in danger.

    The investigations by school officials and the Police Department will continue tomorrow.  In conjunction with local police, the District will process all information to determine appropriate action.  Any discipline to involved individuals will be taken according to District policy and the Student Handbook.

    The Allegheny Valley School District emphasizes that the safety and well-being of students and staff will always remain the highest concern.  Due to the time the incident took place, no letter could be sent home with students.  Additional information will be sent home with Colfax students tomorrow.”

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