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Shelby County Schools reassures parents after 'Death Note' found

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A note found at Shelby County's East Middle School last week has prompted the school system to send a text message and voice mail to reassure parents.

The note consisted of a list of students' names, with the words "Death Note" written at the top, according to Ryan Allan, the public relations coordinator for the school system. Allan said a teacher found it in a classroom last week.

"Death Note" is the name of a Japanese anime series about a student who discovers a magical notebook. Anyone whose name is found in the notebook dies.

"Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind," states the description of the Death Note DVD box set on Amazon.com. "But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil."

Allan said the school's discovery of the notebook prompted the school to take disciplinary action against the student, and to send the text message and voice mail.

He would not comment on the student's identity, or the nature of the disciplinary action taken, saying only that the Shelby County Sheriff's Office was notified and that the school "followed the student code."

Allan said he would not comment on whether any criminal charges were filed, deferring that question to police authorities. He said the student is still enrolled in the Shelby County Schools system.

The text of the message that went out to parents is as follows:

Dear East Middle Family,

This comes to ask for your assistance in helping us handle a concern that has come up in recent days. There has been some student access to a Japanese YouTube cartoon called “Death Note.” Students have mimicked the cartoon.

We have addressed these situations according to board policy and the Student Code of Conduct including the notification of local authorities. Local authorities responded promptly and have assisted us. Additionally, the parents of the students have partnered with us. We are asking for your help. First, Please tell your children that jokes about things of this nature are not seen as humorous and will be addressed seriously, according to the student Code of Conduct. Secondly, please discuss and monitor appropriate internet usage, while we do the same here at school. A unified message from all adults will send a clear message to our children.

Thank you for your support.

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