Veteran tough guy Chuck Norris
has urged Americans not to ignore "warning signs" on sinister hit lists after his name featured on one. The star's name was reportedly among those marked for death in a note written by two juniors at Pennsauken High School in New Jersey. The teenagers have since been arrested.
Norris decided to go public on the issue in order to highlight the importance of contacting authorities at the first sign of troublesome behavior.
In a statement given to website TMZ.com, Norris says: "When I learned yesterday (Wednesday) of the story about a high school student in New Jersey faced with expulsion from school and possible other problems after being charged with compiling a 'hit list' that contained my name, my first instinct was to say nothing. Not to risk making something out to be bigger than it is.
"But I realize that this is not the best course (of action), for such behaviors are exactly the warning signs we have ignored for far too long, emanating from a growing at-risk population of young people in this country.
"In today's world, we must always be vigilant, not just in stepping up protection and emergency preparedness in schools, but in reaching out to those lost souls who feel marginalized and disenfranchised by the world around them."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)