14 Year Old Who Kept a 'Kill List' Arrested, Mother in Custody Too
A 14 year old female student at the West Gate school in Port St. Lucie has been arrested for keeping a 'kill list'.
School faculty received an anonymous tip reporting that the girl kept the names of eight other juveniles on her cell phone under the heading ‘kill list'. They contacted the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday afternoon.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Brian Hester said in a news release issued Thursday that a school threat investigation was launched and a search of the juvenile's home was conducted.
The 8th grader was arrested following the search.
No weapons were found in the home, said Hester but Deputies did find "deplorable living conditions" and "cocaine and drug paraphernalia were also in plain view."
The girl's mother, 40-year-old Brooke Lynne Hinkle, was arrested and charged with child neglect, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hinkle's daughter was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice for processing. Hinkle was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail and is being held on a $6,250 bond.
It is "imperative for parents to provide a safe home environment for their children," said Sheriff Hester, "and to talk to their children about the dangers of written and verbal threats in school settings as well as the consequences of their actions.”
“We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for our children and continue to work diligently with St. Lucie Public Schools to do so,” concluded Hester.