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Silsbee ISD student admits to writing "hit list"

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A spokesperson for the Hardin County Sheriff's Office has informed 12News that a student has confessed to writing a "hit list" that prompted school administrators to beef up security at Silsbee Middle School.

According to Silsbee ISD Superintendent Richard Bain, a piece of paper was found in a hallway Friday with the words 'hit list' and the names of ten students.  The note also had the date December 9 written on it.

Bain said all the parents of the students whose names were on the list were notified Friday.

The district contacted the Silsbee Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office immediately after the note was found.  Both agencies agreed to offer any resources needed to assure student's safety.

Investigators were able to identify a student as a suspect.   Officials say the student was questioned and admitted to writing the note as a prank.

The student, whose name has not been released, has been charged with one count of making a terroristic threat and has been brought to a juvenile detention facility.

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED MONDAY BY THE SILSBEE ISD

School administrators and law enforcement continued the investigation today related to the "Hit List" found on the middle school campus on Friday.  Sheriff's deputies followed up on a lead and went to the house of a suspect, who is a Middle School student but not in attendance today.  The suspect confessed to writing the list and stated it was done as a prank.  The student who confessed had even included his own name on the "Hit List". 

Silsbee ISD wants to thank all of the law enforcement officers from the Hardin County Sheriff's Department and Silsbee Police Department for their presence and assistance in resolving this issue.  Though it appears that no actual threat to students' safety existed, the district is not taking this lightly and plans on disciplining the student to the fullest extent allowed by law and district policy. 

 

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