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Arizona high school cheerleaders accused of posting 'hit list' on Instagram

Two female students from the Florence Unified School District are under investigation following a “hit list” they posted on the Internet, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

An eighth-grader from Walker Butte K-8 School and a 10th-grader from Poston Butte High School, both cheerleaders, are suspected of posting a picture of a “hit list” with a picture of a pistol next to the title on a popular social media site, said Tamra Ingersoll with the Sheriff’s Office.

Officials from Florence Unified School District were first notified about the list when a parent e-mailed two staff members regarding it, according to a statement the district released.

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“Nine students who attend Poston Butte or Walker Butte and one teacher from Poston Butte were on the list,” the statement said. “Parents of all students concerned, those who created the list and those who were on it, have been or are currently being contacted.”

The girls maintained they did not intend to harm anyone on the list, Ingersoll said.

“Neither student has a history of disciplinary incidents,” the school district’s statement said. “However, all threats are taken very seriously, and both students will be suspended pending a hearing.”

Walker Butte hosts kindergarten through eighth grade and has more than 950 students.

Poston Butte High School has grades ninth through 12th and has more than 1,700 students.



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