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Teen boy confesses to writing "hit list" as prank
SILSBEE-By: Leslie Rangel
A hit list found in an 8th grade hallway at Silsbee Middle School was all based on a prank, according to district administrators.
The list containing the names of ten students was discovered Friday.
Monday morning, Hardin County Deputies went to the home of an 8th grade boy, who admitted writing the hit list even including his own name on it.
The morning at Silsbee Middle School was far from a typical start of the week.
"Students and staff a little bit on edge, but with this added security it's kind of calmed down a bit," Murrell Stewart, principal at Silsbee Middle School says.
"It was kind of scary at some point because there were officers checking what was going on," Cameron Dabney, a 7th grade student remembers.
Hardin County Deputies along with Silsbee Police and school administrators were on watch most of the day after a hit list found Friday threatened ten students on campus.
"All the parents of the students were notified so they could be aware of what was going on. And we also took the precautions of contacting the Sheriff's department and the police department to make them aware to line up extra security for today," Richard Bain, superintendent of Silsbee ISD says.
An 8th grade hallway is where administrators found the hit list on Friday.
They say they're not taking any threats lightly.
"The world we live in today, it's just where we are and we have to make sure that we take everything seriously and provide a safe environment," Bain says.
District officials now know an 8th grade male student confessed to writing the note, including his name on it and saying it was a prank.
"A joke is something different than a hit list, because a hit list, there's no joke about that," Dabney says.
"Any type of joke that leads towards that direction, it just can't happen, it just can't happen so we take those incidents very seriously," Stewart said.
Parents we spoke with describe the prank as a cry for help.
"I think it's a joke, but it's also a scare tactic. I think these kids are tired of getting bullied, I think they're trying to find a way to stop these kids from messing with them," Courtney Lane, Cameron Dabney's mother says.
District administrators say many students stayed home from school today.
The district will excuse those absences.
The extra security will remain in place tonight for after school activities and all week long.
No word yet on charges against the student.