More Details on Waltham Middle School 'Kill List' Threat

The incident occurred on Dec. 6.

Kennedy Middle School
Kennedy Middle School

More details have emerged in the threat investigation at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Waltham.

Among the new details – one student created what he or she called a “kill list” and titled it “People who make fun of me,” according to a Dec. 9 letter from the school’s principal, Jack Cawley.

Also, the names of three students were on the list, according to the letter, copies of which were provided to Waltham Patch.

Waltham schools officials, along with the police, are investigating the incident, which began on Dec. 6 when students were dismissed during an early release day.

“A teacher noticed a list on a student’s desk with three names on it. The list was titled ‘Students who make fun of me.’ When the teacher asked what the list was, the student responded, ‘this is my kill list,'” the letter reads.

The student was taken to the school’s office and the parents were notified, according to the letter. Waltham schools officials, along with police, interviewed the student. The student involved is not currently in school, according to Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson.

Also, the parents of the three students on the list were notified and came to the school, according to the letter. Police spoke to the parents of the trio.



osende monteiro December 10, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Bullies ljke tyrants win when good folks stand down and do nada zilch nothing.
Nancy December 10, 2013 at 08:34 PM
NO! Not in Waltham! It can't be! @@ Waltham is getting worse by the second. I wonder how many times that child complained about being bullied, probably by the same group of kids, and the school did NOTHING. It's disgusting! Now this child will probably be removed from the school while the "bullies" carry on and hit the next target. Wonderful! Now I really understand why social workers find Waltham has one of the WORST school systems they've seen so far. DO SOMETHING ALREADY! Stop sweeping it under the rug. These kids can't wait!
osende monteiro December 10, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Waltham is CORRUPT.its called problem reaction solution... common core curriculum State Standards will further ensure this behavior on record. SPREAD SHARE tell all common core curriculum will damage our children
Karen Walz December 11, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I'm also concerned that this might be a case of "blaming the victim." A child can be pushed only so far before he/she wants to take action (even in his/her imagination). It IS possible that the name of the list was not to be taken literally. And, of course, one would want to investigate that. That being said, my main concern would be WHY the child felt harassed, and, if there was cause, then the bullies should be dealt with. But, without knowing more details, I'm concerned that the beleagured child is the one no longer in the school. I know what it's like to be picked on (as a child), and then criticized because I wanted to stand up for myself and fight back. It gives a child a terrible message of non-support, and further harasses him/her, and erodes any trust he/she might have in the adults who are supposed to protect, support, and help him or her. The focus should be on not just the word "kill," (would they have taken this action if the kid named it the "sh-t" list?), but on the WHY of this child's feelings. I hope he/she gets the support and help he/she deserves.
osende monteiro December 12, 2013 at 07:46 AM
I must reiterate constantly consistently I must reiterate common core curriculum State Standards again I repeat, Core Curriculum State Standards, please refer to dr. Sandra Stotsky, as well as dr. James Milgram.they have been going around the country as well as I have been going this is the deciduous the media is doing to the public around the state informing parents of the dangers of common core curriculum,
Marshall Ottina December 12, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Please, don't post any more comments complaining about education standards until you learn how commas, periods, and parts of speech work.
osende monteiro December 12, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Ms Ottina fyi I'm posting from my phone pants I don't have time for commas punctuation etc. But of coursr you focus on that rather thsn the MESSAGE. Your ignorance is bliss, you wanna battle me on a comment section, such childish behavior, but expected from an uninformed person such as yourself. If you want to have a real conversation about education, with ON THE PUBLIC RECORD IRREFUTABLE Facts then by all means lets. I'm not here to battle with ordinary citizens I'm here informing people of what's going on
Marshall Ottina December 12, 2013 at 09:24 AM
"I don't have time for commas"
osende monteiro December 12, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Exactly, like CORRUPT officials avoid the MESSAGE. Anytime you want to learn the truth,let me know. I am not your enemy, unless you are one of these CORRUPT individuals pushing Agenda21 aka smart meters/grid (see testimonials June 18 State House) and common core curriculum State Standards. Dr. Stotsky backed me, Superintendents etc. And you are ..... sir or ma'am, im on the frontline opposing corruption and tyranny. I ask you, what have you DONE... if you were to RESEARCH rather than make inconsequential comments that serves zero purpose. Again voice to text isnt perfect, but my thumbs don't hurt... Again RESEARCH, so you don't come off as ignorant. My comments are based on DOCUMENTED FACTUAL ON THE PUBLIC RECORD IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE,and you WANT to haggle me about punctuation... Really, SERIOUSLY... let me know when you're all grown-up and want to behave as an adult...okay...God Bless...
Marshall Ottina December 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Are the 75% of teachers that support common core on your list of tyrannical oppressors?
osende monteiro December 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Facebook me and see the masses of Parents Law Makers Edicators speakout becausr the media won't. To answer your question partially NO most of them have no choice again fact not opinion. common core was/ is illegally instituted do yourself a service see FERPA ACT countless teachers in New York countless parents across the nation States such as Wisconsin has opted out of common core please don't quote me on Wisconsin I'm voice to texting and writing an affidavit of fact, Dr. Stotsky and DrJames Milgram OUTRIGHT REFUSED to sign off on common core curriculum because ON RECORD it will set our children back bu two yrs. To further answer your question 15% of the 75% are tyrannical oppressors. On Record autistic children will have to take the MCAS nxt yr...are you kidding me sir or ma'am i am Not your enemy, do not ignore facts, question is it ok to teach 4x3=11 as a parent uncle cousin human empathetic sovereign man is say NO, common core says it's ok ... that as well is on RECORD. Parent in Maryland ARRESTED at a pta meeting, for SIMPLY ASKING A REAL QUESTION ABOUT COMMON CORE CURRICULUM based off of Dr Stotsky & Milgram citations,,btw if I'm going to develop curriculum I want the Top Doctors professors teachers educators etc.not the top CEOs from different corporations on record only Two educators Dr Stotski Dr James Milgram on the common core curriculum validation Committee, the other 23 were CEOs and non educators. Not qualified to develop curricula on RECORD. Time and place, please because if you do not know, you should... i am not your enemy, again Bill Gates Funded, it is tied to Obamacare ON RECORD, please Dr Stotsky came dwn here to Wrentham Ma to discuss common core and she was floored when she discover how MASSACHUSETTS was illinformed and misinformed... Facebook me, Twitter@OsendeM, i stand for real TRUTH,Liberty Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence,Bill of Rights and US Constitution 1791. Again i have read the federal documents...PUBLIC RECORD, and i have studied LAW extensively, and i do not LIKE the State of Our Union, if i am wrong -please enlighten me, because i am only interested im TRUTH... Timothy 3:1-9...
Karen Walz December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM
What on earth does this have to do with the article here? It isn't an article about core curriculum. There's no clarity as to the relevance, or even why the poster is claiming "tyranny" and "corruption." (Although I'm not looking to fan the flames in this particular forum.)
osende monteiro December 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM
if you do a little research you will find common core curriculum will enhance this bullying behavior.go online do the research and you can see the public hearings of the psychological effects common core is having on our children that is how common core is relevant to this article if bullying is enhanced via curriculum then there is a huge problem, would you agree...on record, hence the relevance... if our Superintendents adopt common core curriculum State Standards fully, you will see the reality manifest itself.. pls research psychological effects and common core on children... you will be appalled and shocked that you had to find out about this via an average sovereign joe such as myself... again not here for battles,here to TELL and inform you this will get worse, and here is how and why, again i cant make this up...
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM
@Osende, Please stick to the topic - the school threat. You are more than welcome to comment on our boards section about Common Core.
osende monteiro December 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Enhanced bullying via curriculum, really! That isnt revelvant, do you have children..? The FACTS WILL SPEAK FOR ITSELF IF TRUTH is relevant. Enhanced bullying sir ACCORDING TO YOU isnt sticking to the topic,...ok im done here, do with the factual information what you will... God Bless...
Marshall Ottina December 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM
I was wondering when you were going to tie it into Obamacare and quote the bible. Don't stop now. I can't wait to hear about how gay illegal immigrants are infiltrating the CIA and posing as abortion doctors to take your guns away. Writing the word TRUTH in all capital letters doesn't make it so. It just makes it even harder to read your deranged ramblings. If you really think there's a problem with raising the standards in schools, then you haven't tried reading your own writing.
osende monteiro December 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM
so you are smarter than Dr Milgram and Dr Stotsky...lol NO i didnt think so..enough said..!
Frosty the Snowman December 12, 2013 at 11:49 PM
@Karen Walz, would you feel the same way if your child's name was on the top of the list? What if you thought the list maker was harmless, then one day he shows up to school and takes actions to start crossing off names. Scary that you would coddle a child like this, he should receive therapy to deal with his emotions but he has no place in the Waltham school system. I agree we should look at what caused this child's intended actions, but being picked last, given wedgies and called names, does not justify making a list of lives you want to end.
Frosty the Snowman December 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I commented "he" above, but it could easily be a "she".
Karen Walz December 13, 2013 at 08:51 AM
I'm not talking about "coddling" children. It's largely a matter of investigating and using common sense. As a child, when someone tormented you, you never thought about making them disappear, one way or the other? Even the most non-violent children can have fantasies of taking revenge on their tormentors. They're also not fully aware (generally speaking) that death is permanent, that life isn't a cartoon. This is about KNOWING the child, personality, patterns of behavior. If, for example, I talked to this child and, (let's say) he started crying and saying he felt bullied and really didn't want to kill anyone, a lot would depend on my experience of this child and his behavior patterns. Then it's a matter of judgment and common sense. If everyone who wrote "kill" or "death" were to be punished for it, then we'd have to arrest authors who've used their imaginations and past experiences in writing, e.g., murder mysteries. Yes, the "list" note is troubling--no question of it. And that's why you investigate and determine how victimized the child feels. If you think that being "given wedgies" and "called names" can't torment a child, then you have little empathy for a child that may be more sensitive, or needs support or shoring up. That's NOT coddling; it's being realistic. What's NOT realistic are the so-called "zero tolerance" rules, which, to my mind, equals "zero brains," as it's lazy and defensive thinking which does not lend to analyzing and acting on individual occurrences as they happen. That being said, of course it's wise to act in a cautionary manner, relevant to each individual instance.
Frosty the Snowman December 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Fictional authors being compared to a student writing a "kill list" is comical. Thanks for the laugh as always, we agree on most points, but death threat are the line in the sand for me, I would not be comfortable in an environment that accepts that behavior on any level. It's the equivalent of bringing a weapon to school even if you had no intention of using it.


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