Police in Milford, Mass., on Thursday arrested two middle-school students accused of creating a “Death Note” containing the names of 33 classmates.
The 13-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy are charged with threatening to commit murder and disrupting school. They will be arraigned today in Milford Juvenile Court.
The note, apparently inspired by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga series, was discovered Wednesday by staff at Stacy Middle School after they were told about it by several students.
The hit manga, which inspired an anime series, live-action films, a video game and a light novel, centers around a high school student who sets out to rid the world of evil using a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it.
Meanwhile, school officials in Lebanon, Tenn., suspended two students who allegedly created a death notebook with 39 names.
Officials at Walter J. Baird Middle School have assured concerned parents that the notebook isn’t a hit list.
The two students will remain suspended until a Jan. 9 disciplinary hearing.
These are the second and third reported Death Note-inspired incidents in the United States. In November a high school student in Richmond, Va., was suspended for allegedly creating a death notebook.
(Via Gia Manry)