Alabama principal on leave after student’s ‘death notebook’ went unnoticed

An Alabama highschool principal has been positioned on go away after it emerged a scholar wrote a “loss of life pocket book” final 12 months that named 37 classmates he allegedly wished to kill — however nobody reported it to cops.

Police and college useful resource officers mentioned they had been solely made conscious of the disturbing pocket book – which officers mentioned was based mostly on the Japanese anime and live-action Netflix drama “Loss of life Be aware” — final week after they began investigating reviews that the identical Hewitt-Trussville Excessive Faculty scholar had made a verbal risk in opposition to somebody on Sept. 16.

Through the probe, officers realized Principal Tim Salem, a trainer and counsellor had all been conscious of the grim pocket book for almost a 12 months after it was discovered final October, WVTM reported.

Salem was subsequently positioned on administrative go away on Tuesday after livid mother and father accused the college of placing their youngsters in danger by not adequately coping with the pocket book ordeal and informing them on the time.

“I don’t really feel secure in our faculty system,” one mother or father, Jessie Odell, raged. “We don’t wish to find yourself with a Columbine.”

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Hewitt-Trussville Excessive Faculty Principal Tim Salem was positioned on go away Tuesday after it emerged he didn’t inform police a couple of scholar’s “loss of life pocket book” final 12 months.
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Hewitt-Trussville Excessive Faculty useful resource officers additionally weren’t made conscious of the “loss of life pocket book.”
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The pocket book in query had contained the names of 37 college students and included methods for them to allegedly be killed.

“The pocket book was based mostly on the Netflix sequence “Loss of life Be aware” the place an individual can think about somebody’s loss of life and supernaturally make it occur – for instance, the particular person within the pocket book may be eaten by ants, hit by a bus, hit by a ladder, drowning, and many others,” Trussville Metropolis Colleges Superintendent Pattie Neill mentioned in an announcement.

“It was decided at the moment by the principal and counselor and based mostly on the knowledge accessible that the pocket book was fantasy and no additional motion was mandatory apart from confiscate the guide and monitor the habits of the scholar.”

The coed accomplished the remainder of the college 12 months with “no additional disciplinary issues,” Neill added.

The superintendent mentioned Salem had since acknowledged the error of not involving the college useful resource officer for a risk evaluation when the pocket book was first found.

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Salem was subsequently positioned on administrative go away on Tuesday after livid mother and father accused the college of placing their youngsters in danger.

“In hindsight, the SRO and central workplace administration ought to have been made conscious of this guide and TV sequence so the risk evaluation protocol may very well be totally applied,” Neill mentioned.

“We perceive that folks are involved, we perceive their disappointment and we’re dedicated to enchancment. Faculty security continues to be our 1st precedence.”

Within the wake of the investigation, Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat mentioned Tuesday that the scholar accountable had allegedly admitted to creating threatening remarks at college “not less than 30 completely different occasions.”

Police searched the scholar’s house after the most recent alleged risk however didn’t discover something aside from his father’s handgun.

The coed was suspended after the Sept. 16 risk and is at the moment present process counseling.

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