Two students from Pennsauken High School in New Jersey have been arrested after a teacher discovered an alleged “hit list” that included actor and WND columnist Chuck Norris.

A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Camden County, said the list also named three students and a member of the school staff.

No one was hurt and authorities reported the two students were not found to have had any weapons. Supt. James Chapman confirmed that the boys described the list as a joke, but he said school officials and police were taking it seriously.

The two, who were not identified because of their age, were accused of “writing and sharing” a hit list, and were facing both police and school responses to their actions, authorities said.

But the students’ judgment was questioned by a WND reader, who commented: “Don’t they know who they are messing with?!”

Norris made his name as a renowned teacher of martial arts and was a six-time undefeated world middleweight karate champion. He is the first man from the Western Hemisphere in the more than 4,500-year tradition of tae kwon do to be awarded an eighth-degree black belt grand master ranking.

By the 1970s, Norris had completely revolutionized martial arts in the United States and was in the process of taking this exciting individual sport to a new level by transitioning it into a team event when he was faced with a career choice: continue to build upon the team combat martial arts format he had pioneered or commit himself to a film acting career.

Norris is one of the most enduringly popular actors in the world. He has starred in more than 20 major motion pictures. His television series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which completed its run in April 2001 after eight full seasons, is the most successful Saturday night series on CBS since “Gunsmoke.” It is syndicated in more than 80 countries worldwide, ranking as one of the top U.S. shows in both sales and audience.

He also founded the United Fighting Arts Federation with over 2,300 black belts all over the world. And in 1991, he and his powerboat racing team won the World Offshore Powerboat championship. Then he went on to setting a new world record by racing a 38-foot Scarab boat 605 miles across the Great Lakes, from Chicago to Detroit, in 12 hours and 8 minutes.

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But the context in which many people know him is Chuck Norris jokes. In recent weeks even the Google search engine joined in.

WND reported that typing in the search term “find Chuck Norris” and hitting the “I’m feely lucky button,” resulted in: “Google won’t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don’t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.”

The rest of the page displays the following: “No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found. Your search – Chuck Norris – did not match any documents. Suggestions:

  • Run, before he finds you
  • Try a different person”

As such jokes circulate on the Internet, WND created the Chuck Norris Laughlines Forum to compile some of the favorites.

Among some of the highlights:

  • “Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life there.”
  • “There is no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned the sun up.”
  • “Chuck Norris does not “style” his hair. It lies perfectly in place, out of sheer terror.”
  • Ninjas want to grow up to be just likek Chuck Norris. But usually they grow up just to be killed by Chuck Norris.”
  • “They wanted to put Chuck Norris on Mount Rushmore, but the granite wasn’t tough enough for Chuck’s beard.”
  • “Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.”
  • “Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming that ‘Law & Order’ are the names of his left and right legs.”
  • “Chuck Norris sleeps with a night-light because the dark is afraid of him.”
  • “Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas.”
  • “There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.”
  • “When Chuck Norris does push-ups, he doesn’t push himself up. He pushes the Earth down.”
  • “When the boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”

There are some 40,000 of these jokes, er, “facts” floating around the Net – many of them collected at the granddaddy of all Chuck Norris “fact” sites –

In real life, Norris has served as:

  • A spokesman for United Way, for whom his eight-minute commercial helped bring in over $2 billion.
  • A Veterans Administration spokesman, visiting V.A. hospitals and speaking with World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans – including one from World War I.
  • supporter for the Make A Wish Foundation for 29 years.
  • winner of the Jewish Humanitarian Man of the Year Award.

For Norris, the most rewarding accomplishment was the creation of his Kick-Start Foundation. With the help of President Bush, he implemented a program teaching the martial arts to 150 high-risk children at M.C. Williams Middle School in Houston, Texas, as part of the school curriculum. The program was so successful in helping to instill discipline and respect in the kids, as well as getting them out of gangs, that the program is now in 30 schools with more than 4,200 young boys and girls actively participating.

More recently, Norris and his wife, Gena, joined the board of directors of the National Council on Bible Curriculum In Public Schools with the quest of helping students understand the Bible’s impact on history and literature. Both Norrises are featured in a popular television public service announcement that encourages citizens to bring the Bible back to America’s public schools as an available elective course of study. The announcements are aired on several national networks.

The Norris announcements inform viewers that they can call the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools to receive information on how any citizen can help their local school board implement the NCBCPS curriculum.


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