The ten year old apparently ripped a page from an ordinary notebook, wrote 'Death Note' on the top and listed class-mates names underneath. Then passed it around his fifth grade class.
This naturally panicked the children whose names featured on the list. One of whom was the daughter of Jill Wiernik, who approached her mother in floods of tears at home time.
The mother immediately marched into the Principal's Office and had the boy suspended from school for two weeks.
On April 23rd 2014, he was back in class. This didn't impress Ms Wiernik, who used Facebook to rally other parents to the cause of getting the child expelled for good. She told EyeWitness News, 'This is criminal activity, and it needs to be handled not only by a juvenile court but by the board of education. And they're not looking out for the best interest of the 800 students.'
For the record, Death Note is fiction, and even within that universe the names had to be written upon a page supplied by a Shinigami. Personally, I'm not convinced that merely writing 'Death Note' at the top of an ordinary piece of paper - in the real world - constitutes the making of the next Light Yagami. Particularly since no child died of a heart attack within the next 40 seconds.
Am I being too harsh or flippant here? What do you think?