Two sixth-grade boys near Walnut Grove, Ala., were arrested yesterday after school officials discovered a Death Note-inspired notebook containing the names of faculty, staff and students.
The notebook was discovered Wednesday and turned over to the principal of West End Elementary, who then gave it to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department.
The hit Death Note manga and anime center on 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.
Although the notebook contained what authorities described as terrorist threats, a sheriff’s department spokesman said there was nothing to indicate the two 12-year-olds planned to carry out any kind of attack. The students considered it a joke.
The students have been suspended indefinitely pending orders from juvenile court.