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Kenton students charged after 'hit list' found

KENTON, Ohio (AP) — Three Ohio middle-school girls are facing juvenile court charges of inducing panic after they were accused of compiling a "hit list" at school.

The Lima News reports there was no evidence the girls planned anything specific at their middle school in Kenton. Police Chief John Vermillion said it was probably a joke, but authorities have to take such matters seriously because of shootings and other incidents at schools across the country.

The "hit list" with names of at least 15 students and teachers on it, was found in a school hallway in September. One of the girls was suspended afterward.

Two of the three girls entered the equivalent of not-guilty pleas Thursday. The other failed to get an attorney in time for the court hearing.

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