PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Police in New Hampshire say there will be a heightened police presence at Portsmouth High School following the arrest of three students after a teacher discovered what is being described as a “hit list.”
The Portsmouth Herald says the list had the names of 19 students and one teacher.
Police say the three students arrested are juveniles and their cases will be handled in juvenile court. They could also be subject to school discipline.
Police detectives spent Wednesday evening interviewing everyone named on the list, while “assuming the worst,” he said.
As a result of those interviews, the three students were taken into police custody and will be processed through Portsmouth District Court’s confidential juvenile court, he said. They may also face disciplinary action from the school department, police said.
Deputy Police Chief Stephen DuBois says everyone on the list was interviewed. No one was hurt.
DuBois said police thoroughly investigated the perceived threat so the public did not have to fear “there is some crazed guy out there.”
School officials alerted police, and detectives and officers arrived to sweep the school shortly before 2:30 p.m. DuBois said nothing else of concern was found. Police declined to release what time the note was found.