Local School Children Form "True Young Killers"

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Five local elementary students are calling themselves "killers". However, Ariton Police say parents should not be concerned.

Wednesday, police and school officials questioned five elementary students who created a group called TYK, which stands for "True Young Killers”.

Ariton Elementary School, which is on the same campus as the high school, is one school in the area that has received threats; this time by younger students.

According to police, five elementary students formed a group called TYK standing for True Young Killers.

That title had some parents concerned.

They say the TYK kids were threatening to harm others at the school.

"One boy was the instigator. He's the one that thought this up, and really did most of the talking about hurting people. The other boys kind of just went along with it, and thought it was something funny to joke about," says Ariton's Chief of Police, Michael Cowart.

Police set up outside the school before classes even began, around 6:45 in the morning.

They caught the students to search them before they entered the building, finding no weapons of any kind, no hit lists and no drawings that depicted harm.

"We did find some drawings that the boy who instigated all of this had. But it wasn't anything. There were no drawings of weapons. There was no specific threat being made to anybody in the school. It was just a bunch of talk," says Cowart.

Police say they have stepped up patrol around the school, since the incident.

The school administration refused to comment, but the Superintendent Phillip Parker, did issue this statement: "Our number one responsibility is to make our school safe and we will make it safe. We'll take whatever measures necessary to ensure safety."

The superintendent says the school has dealt with the students, but none were expelled.

Officials say they are not sending a letter to parents regarding this situation, since it was resolved immediately and they see no future threat.

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  • by TRISH Location: DOTHAN on May 11, 2007 at 03:25 PM
  • by tina Location: ariton on May 11, 2007 at 02:04 PM
    my children attend ariton elementary school and i feel that the school adminstration has failed its students and parents by not making the effort to inform us. i also believe that the children should have received a great punishment for these threats. i have always felt that ariton school is a great place for my children but now feel that their safety is not a top priority in the eyes of our school principal.
  • by Parent Location: Ariton on May 11, 2007 at 12:42 PM
    I thank WTVY for reporting this. The school was not going to let anyone know about this until someone notified the media to get information. I am glad they did. Now, what is the school not telling being they want comment on the situation?
  • by Rhonda Location: Ariton on May 11, 2007 at 12:38 PM
    I think that the school is hiding something. My child is in the grade that the alledged list and pictures was found and according to this child, there were names on a list. Why can't the school just come out and tell parents the truth?
  • by anonymous Location: dothan on May 11, 2007 at 08:26 AM
    word in the community is that a boy did get expelled from school for this. is 3 days or so enough for this type of behavior? it is upsetting to find this out on the 10 o'clock news the day after it happened especially when your child attends this elementary school.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Ariton on May 11, 2007 at 06:50 AM
    It is my understanding that a gun was located on one of the students. I would like to know why this was not reported to the parents.
  • by Dan Location: Ariton on May 11, 2007 at 06:04 AM
    We now have to worry about our kids.. Cops will do nothing here.. They work till dark then they go home.. The City will not let them stay out any later. City claims they cant afford it..But seems liek to me they can spend money for other city members to gamble im Bilouxi or Maybe we should let the former drive another car to biloxi and total it.
  • by ahs parent Location: ariton on May 10, 2007 at 06:49 PM
    this was blown way out of proportion, these kids were bullies and dealt with firmly by the administration! all this media coverage just gave a good school a black eye! thanks wtvy
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