Three students were questioned during an investigation into an alleged “kill list” that was found in a student planner Dec. 7 at Lee’s Summit North High School, but police and school district officials said the incident went no further than the writing of the list.
According to the Lee’s Summit Police Department, which concluded its investigation into the matter Jan. 11, the original student suspect in the case was contacted and interviewed, which led to the questioning of a second student. Information was then gained from other sources that implicated a third student in the incident.
After conducting an interview with the third student, the student confessed to writing the list in the planner.
The investigation confirmed that the incident never progressed beyond the writing of the list.
“(There was) no evidence at all that the list was anything more than a student who put the names down as a joke,” said Chris Depue, a spokesman for the Lee’s Summit Police Department. “No previous connections to the names, no bullying, nothing else to show any type of threat ever existed.”
The suspect, who is a juvenile, is not being identified and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District administration has taken appropriate action, Depue said. The investigation was a cooperative effort by investigators with the LSPD and staff from the R-7 school district.
“School staff members worked closely with law-enforcement officials and appreciate the work of the Lee’s Summit Police Department in this case,” district officials said in a statement released Jan. 11. “Administration at the school contacted all students mentioned on the list earlier today to ensure they were aware of the latest developments.”
Once the case file is completed, it will be submitted for review to the juvenile court who will decide whether charges will be filed.
“The role of the police department is to prepare a case file,” Depue said when asked about possible charges in the case. “We allow the court to take make a judicial review of the case facts and determine the appropriate charge; if any to be filed.”