Monday, February 3, 2014

Family of Idaho 'Hit List' Suspect Talk About Their Ordeal

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

It has been more than 10 months since an Eastern Idaho boy was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation after law enforcement discovered a so-called "hit list" containing the names of fellow students and police officers that officials said the 13-year-old boy was planning to kill.

At the time, Rigby Police Chief Keith Hammon said that his officers had found a "bag of weapons" at the boy's home and that bullying at the boy's school was a factor.

And now the boy and his parents are publicly talking about the ordeal.

KIDK-TV sat down to talk with Todd and Pam Gunter in their Rigby home, where they said their "new mission in life is to prevent this from happening to another family."

They said their son, the youngest of three children, was an "A" student, ran for class president and was involved in multiple extra-curricular activities.

"I couldn't understand at what point he would have had to have reached to have gone to those drastic measures," Pam Gunter told KIDK-TV

The television station spoke with the teen without revealing his face:

KIDK-TV: "How long had the bullying been going on?"
Teen: "It was about a week and a half."
KIDK-TV: "So before that week, everything was fine?"
Teen: "Yep."
KIDK-TV: "That group hadn't said or done anything to you really in the past?"
Teen: "I hadn't even seen them before. They were just saying that if I reported it to anybody that they were going to physically harm me. People were looking at me as somebody smaller than they were. And they were using that to, uh, just try and have an enjoyable time is what I think."

The teen was sent to a juvenile detention center in St. Anthony, where he took multiple courses on coping skills, anger management and conflict resolution. The boy is now attending another Eastern Idaho school.

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