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Lumberton child on probation after death threat made Friday

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A threatening message left in a Lumberton Intermediate School bathroom has created an uproar among some parents, who were not told about it by the district.

On Monday, Lumberton Police charged an eleven year-old boy with making a terroristic threat.

He wrote that he was going to kill a fellow female schoolmate with a gun.

Melinda Dearman is upset and uncertain.

"I'm mad, angry, frustrated, and really unsure about what to do - not knowing whether I should send my child back to school Monday or not" said Dearman.

Dearman has a ten year-old daughter at Lumberton Intermediate School, where police said a student made a threat in writing to kill a fellow schoolmate with a gun.

Lumberton Police said the eleven year-old boy wrote the threat on a bathroom stall Friday morning - something Dearman said she didn't hear about until she was told by other parents at a grocery store Friday night.

"They'll call you and tell you that your child has been absent from school, but there's no phone call, and there's no note to say that a child may have brought a gun to school today" said Dearman.

It's a situation the school immediately handed over to police Friday. 

After receiving a confession from the eleven year-old Monday, he was charged with making a terroristic threat and taken to juvenile probation.

"With this day and time, you don't know if someone's really going to carry through with a threat that they write, or if they're just blowing off steam" said Lt. Joseph Breaux with the City of Lumberton Police Department.

12 News contacted Kathryne Colligan with LISD to ask why parents were not given notification of the threat.

Administrators would not go on camera, but Colligan told us over the phone that because it was a direct threat against one student, only that student's parents were notified.

Colligan said that is standard procedure for LISD.

But that still doesn't sit well with Dearman.

"One child would not be the only child that would get hurt, one child would not be the only child to see what goes on if there was a shooting, it's not just one child that's involved - it affects the entire school, and the entire school should be notified" said Dearman.

A call for communication that Dearman hopes is heard.

Colligan said the school district will take their own separate disciplinary actions against the student who made the threat, and will act according to it's student code of conduct.

 

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