Several Nederland High School students absent due to hit list threat

Several students were missing from Nederland High School on Friday, opting to stay home after previously being named on a hit list.  Some students who did go to school say they were worried for their own safety.

"I was kind of scared to come to school today because I knew today was the day," sophomore Jennifer Tomlin told 12News. "There were cops all around the school watching us and the principals were everywhere."
The hit list was found in a bathroom at the school in February, and named 13 students who would be "taken care of" on April 5th. The school responded by taking extra security measures. Two extra police officers were on campus roaming the parking lots throughout the day. And students say teachers took extra precautions as well.

"When I was in math class I noticed the teacher locked the door because she was scared," freshman Sabir Onim said.

12News talked with many parents as they waited to pick up their kids. Most said they were not worried about the safety of their children, and had even forgotten about the list and its threat. A few students shared similar opinions.

"I heard about it in February but then I forgot about it," said Onim.

"I was in OCS today and there was a kid named Peanut there, and he was on the list and he wasn't scared," freshman Christian Molina told us. "I don't think anybody would do it. I think it was just to scare people, to get attention."

By the end of the day no "hit" had taken place, and students left safe and sound, something that was an expectation for most, but a sigh of relief for others.

Administrators have never found who wrote the hit list.

Nederland Independent School District Superintendent Robert Madding was out of the office Friday and could not be reached for comment.


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