Student admits to writing Barbe High ‘hit list’

A Barbe High School student was arrested Friday after he admitted writing a “hit list” that was found at the school Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The list, compiled by student Patrick W. Granger, 18, contained more than 20 names of students and faculty, said Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. James McGee.

“He intentionally left it out to be found, which caused alarm and disruption,” McGee said. “That is a clear violation of the law of terrorizing.”

He said that Granger told detectives the list, found by another student, was intended to be a prank.

McGee said “hit list” occurrences are rare. No one at Barbe was in immediate danger, he said, and the school was never placed on lockdown.

Superintendent Wayne Savoy said the Calcasieu Parish School Board was part of the investigation and that the Sheriff’s Office will let him know how to proceed next.

“It’s not a common occurrence, but we have procedures in place,” he said. “We handled all of this appropriately, with school-level officials working with the Sheriff’s Department.”

District 6 School Board member Bill Jongbloed said more security was placed at the school Friday. He expects the board to discuss the incident at a future meeting.

“We’re doing all we can as a school board by providing law enforcement at the school,” he said. “If it was a prank, there are consequences for these kinds of things.”

Granger was charged with terrorizing and was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on Friday. He was later released on $10,000 bond.