Ohio middle-school student suspended over 'Death Note' booklet

In what's become a somewhat-regular occurrence once again, a student has been suspended from an Ohio middle school after a teacher found a Death Note-inspired notebook.

The Newark Advocate reports police responded March 14 to Lakewood Middle School in Hebron, Ohio, following the discovery of a booklet labeled "Death List" that contained the names of several students. Once the student who made the notebook was identified, she allegedly told officials the notebook was based on the anime series Death Note.

In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s hit manga turned anime and live-action movie franchise, a high school student sets out to rid the world of evil using a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it.

According to a statement from Lakewood School District Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews, the student was participating in "Fandom Day," for which she dressed as a character from the anime and apparently used the booklet as a prop.

Although Andrews said there's no evidence the student intended to harm any of her classmates, she was nevertheless suspended for three days; no charges have been filed. The parents of those students listed in the booklet were also notified.

“Death note” scares occurred with some frequency in the United States between 2008 and 2010 -- an attempt to ban the manga in Albuquerque Public Schools failed in 2010 — but have died down more recently. That said, there were reports of at least four incidents last year alone.

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