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Police: Upstate students suspended after 'kill list' found

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Honea Path Middle School is located on Brock Avenue in Honea Path, SC. (Dec. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina) Honea Path Middle School is located on Brock Avenue in Honea Path, SC. (Dec. 20, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Chief King said this is the list that was found at Honea Path Middle School. (Courtesy Honea Path Police Dept.) Chief King said this is the list that was found at Honea Path Middle School. (Courtesy Honea Path Police Dept.)
HONEA PATH, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Honea Path police said they are investigating a threat made at the local middle school that led to some students' suspensions.

Police Chief David King said they were notified by Honea Path Middle School officials about a "kill list" that was made by three students after an issue they had over a male student. He said six students' names were on the list.

King said school officials suspended the students involved and their parents were notified. He said no criminal charges have been filed at this time as they did not see any potential violence or retaliation based on their investigation thus far.

However, patrols have been increased and school officials are taking extra precautions, King said.

"We take all threats to our schools seriously and are working closely with school officials in this matter," King said.

Anderson County School District 2 released the following statement on Thursday regarding the incident: "The administration of Honea Path Middle School did conduct a thorough investigation and found there was no substance to the allegations or validity that anyone was at risk."

District officials said the incident was a boy-girl squabble and was handled by school administrators. They said the students were punished according to policy, but did not release specific details of their punishment.

Chris Greer is a father who said his stepdaughter was one of the names on the list called FOX Carolina. Greer said that he and his wife were never notified by the school about the "kill list." He is upset that the school waited until Thursday to submit an incident report when the list was found Wednesday.

King said on Friday that police were not notified about the list until Thursday morning by a parent and that was when their investigation began. He said their investigation is ongoing the school's punishment does not determine whether or not criminal charges will be filed.

Two Honea Path police officers have been assigned to the investigation, students and parents are being interviewed, and once the investigation is finished, King said they will decide if charges will be filed.

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