Rush City student allegedly had ‘hit list’

A student at Rush City Schools was reportedly in possession of a “hit list,” according to a press release from the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 14 at about 10:45 a.m., the sheriff’s office was contacted by Chisago County Probation about a 13-year-old student who is currently on probation.

That student reportedly had a list of “people that won’t be killed,” and after questioning admitted to a deputy he had a second “hit list” of students.

Sheriff’s deputies confirmed both lists exist.

Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Keith Hoppe said the student was placed into custody and is currently in a secure detention facility in Lino Lakes.

“We’re treating this as seriously as possible,” he said. “Even though he’s just a 13-year-old, you never know.”

Rush City Schools Superintendent Vern Koepp said parents of students at the district were informed of the situation shortly after it occurred via School Messenger, a new software the district recently purchased that allows the district to send messages to parents by e-mail, calls or text messages.

The software was purchased after a student made similar threat Dec. 17, 2012.

Koepp said the tool allows the district to be proactive in staying ahead of the “rumor mill.”

Koepp noted school officials had not seen the lists mentioned in the press release.

He added the sheriff’s office took the steps it deemed necessary to address the situation and noted district officials did not feel the students were in danger following the threat.