Lumberton high school student arrested after 'hit list' found at alternative building

Lumberton high school student arrested after 'hit list' found at alternative building

A Lumberton high school student was arrested after a "hit list" was found at the high school's alternative education building around 3 p.m. Dec. 12, the district said in a statement.

The note was found in a 10th grade student's binder while the student was absent from school, Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins said.

Eight names were on the list, some students and some faculty, Sullins explained.

The "hit list" referred to killing the people named, Sullins said, saying "they must go."

"It said something to the effect of, 'Got to kill them all,'" he explained.

"It was written probably some time ago," Sullins said, adding that the department is "familiar" with the 15 year old.

The student admitted to writing the note, according to Sullins, who said that the student was charged with making a "terroristic threat" and later transported to the Hardin County Juvenile Detention Facility in Kountze.

"I expect him to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Sullins said. "We take things like this very seriously, and we're not going to tolerate it."

"The campus administration acted quickly and decisively to address the situation," school district officials said in a statement. "Upon investigation and through quick action of the school and Lumberton Police Department, no student was in danger at any time and [we] were able to ensure the continued safety of our students."

"In today’s time, we must act upon any risk upon the students in our care."

All of of the people listed--including a former employee--were notified, according to Lumberton ISD, and the evidence has been turned over to Lumberton Police Department.

Any discipline will be handled according to the student code of conduct, school district officials said.

Lumberton ISD spokesperson Gretchen Scoggins said the district could not comment further on the situation since it is a legal matter. 

- Eleanor Skelton