Bullied Student Creates Hit List Using Teachers Credentials

2019, Breaches, March

Who: Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys

Date: 25 March 2019

# of Records: 60

What Happened: A 13-year-old student at the Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys is under investigation for using his teacher’s credentials to get into the district’s system.

How it Happened: A student had hacked into his teacher’s work account and created a site with a “hit-list” of names, school ID numbers, and dates of births. Columbus City Schools said the student copied information of about 60 students. According to the police report on December 15, 2018, the student was allegedly being bullied and made the threats to shoot up the school to multiple students. Then last Friday, March 15th he was reportedly caught making another hit list and police charged the 13-year-old with menacing and unauthorized use of school property.

Outcome: That website the student created was taken down and CCS said the parents of the children on the list were contacted right away. All threats are taken seriously — whether we perceive them to be real or not – and Columbus Police have been notified. We are moving forward with appropriate disciplinary measures.