The Orange County Sheriff's Office issued the following news release Wednesday evening:
On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at approximately 11:40 a.m. the Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call from the Assistant Principal at Mauriceville Middle School concerning suspicious circumstances.
On arrival Deputies met with the MMS Assistant Principal concerning a "Hit List" that had been located in a classroom inside the school. The "hit list" had several students' names on it.
Orange County Sheriff's Office Investigators were contacted and responded to the school. Investigators were able to locate the suspect in this case and the student confessed to writing the note.
They were able to locate and speak with all of the kids who names were on the list and also spoke with each child's parent advising them of the situation. The suspect in this case is a 12 year old student at Mauriceville MiddleSchool. The 12 year old spoke with Investigators and confessed to writing the "hit list" and said he did it because the people he listed on the note had been picking on him.
The student, whose name cannot be released due to his age, was arrested for Terroristic Threats and transported to the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center in Beaumont. Mauriceville Middle School also suspended the student from school. The investigation is ongoing.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office has been providing extra patrols and walking through all of the schools inOrange County making sure that the school and students are safe.