Sophomore with special needs made ‘death list’ of students who allegedly said he ‘looked like a school shooter,’ Wolcott police say

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WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) — Wolcott police have arrested a sophomore who has been accused of making a “death/slay list.”

According to police, students at Wolcott High School saw the list and reported it to their vice principal.

Reports state the list included names of five people who had been bullying the unidentified student the day prior. Police told News 8 the boy’s peers said he “looks like a school shooter.”

The department said the student has special needs.

Officers said the boy then went home and made two lists: a death/slay list and a nice list.

Credit: Wolcott police

On Wednesday, school officials and police were able to find and interview the accused student. It was later determined that no credible threat existed.

He allegedly told police that he never planned to take action.

“In talking with him, he was very remorseful,” said Chief Edward Stephens. “He did not realize the extent of what he did; the commotion he caused. He said he did not intend on anything to happen, but still, you can’t take anything like this lately.”

Stephens said no guns were found in the boy’s home.

The students on the list — and their parents — were notified.

The department wants to remind students that a person can’t make threats or death lists; the threats will be taken seriously.

“I know and fully understand that hearing news such as this can be disconcerting for any parent or teacher,” a statement from Superintendent of Schools Tony Gasper read in part. “I want to assure you that all of our staff and the Wolcott Police Department will always treat any information like that which we received today with the highest level of seriousness and that student safety takes priority above all else.

The student’s exact charges were not released.

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