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3 Creekside students arrested for school ‘hit lists’

Published on October 6, 2023 at 11:02 am

Three students at Creekside High School in St. Johns County have been arrested on charges of making threats to kill other students.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds for what investigators called credible threats.

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Deputies discovered group text messages that discussed the identification of targeted students including photographs with faces circled, aerial photographs of Creekside High School with an on-campus location circled and the use of firearms. 

The students created a “hit list” of students the group wanted to physically harm and a “lethal hit list” of students they wanted to kill, according to a report by News4Jax.

“We are convinced that these young men were going to follow through with this lethal hit list with violence,” said Sheriff Robert Hardwick.

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The Sheriff’s Office has two full-time threat assessment deputies assigned to St. Johns County schools. They are trained to investigate threats and intervene to ensure the safety of students and faculty.

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