RACELAND There may be legal consequences to the Raceland-Worthington High School students behind a computer document listing reasons another student should die.
Greenup County Attorney Mike Wilson is looking into the incident and wants to talk to their parents, he said.
“This is a potential bullying situation and I’m in the process of evaluating it,” he said.
There could be charges in juvenile court, he said. What the charges may be he declined to say. Juvenile court proceedings are closed to the public and its records are confidential.
Wilson is working to schedule meetings with the students’ parents, he said. The parents are not obligated to speak to him, but his decision on how to proceed will be based in part on his interaction with the parents, he said.
“I just want to get to the root of it and see if we can resolve it,” he said.
Wilson met with Richard and Shanna Arthur, the parents of Madison Conley, the girl who was the target of the document. They showed him the document, he said. “A lot of it was kid stuff, but there was a lot that was disturbing,” he said.
The document was created by some cheerleaders and others and entitled “Petition to murk,” according to Conley, who also is a Raceland cheerleader.
“Murk” is a slang term meaning to beat someone until they die of their injuries.
School officials say the students who created the document have been disciplined and may face further discipline but have declined to provide details because of privacy requirements.
The father of one girl initially implicated but later cleared said in an email to The Daily Independent one of the cheerleaders added his daughter’s name to the list “as if she had helped create it.”
However, he wrote, his daughter neither opened the link to the document nor read it and she did not add to it or edit it.
He said he has moved his daughter to another school.
Shanna and Richard Arthur declined comment to a text message asking them what they thought would be appropriate legal penalties for the students.
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