Mother Speaks After Daughter’s Name Found On ‘Hit List’
A mother opened up about her fears after her daughter's school called her and said her child's name was on a hit list found there.
A student, whose identity was not released, was questioned and charged in connection with the threat at Lancaster High School.
Investigators don't believe the student who authored the list had any intention to act on it, but a week after the tragedy in Connecticut, that's little comfort to the mother of one of the students targeted.
The flag outside of Lancaster High School flew at half-staff Thursday in honor of a school family hundreds of miles away. For mother Stephanie Glenn, fears of a similar nightmare happening here hit home Thursday.
“I guess there were bomb threats, and that’s all I heard about,” Glenn said. “But that was enough.”
Like many schools this week, Lancaster High School was awash in rumors of planned violence. Thursday morning, it was enough for Glenn to pull her daughters from class.
“The nervous mother in me said, ‘Go get your kids,’” Glenn said.
At that point, she was still unaware that there was something worse than rumors developing at her daughter's school- a hit list with the names of nine students.
“Late this morning a student wrote out a list, gave it to our high school administrators, said ‘I found this,’ and then later admitted they had written that,” Lancaster City Schools Superintendant Steve Wigton said.
One of the names on the list was Glenn’s 17-year-old daughter, Jessica.
“Pure panic, tears,” Glenn said. “Kind of stole my breath for a second, I was a little bit dumbfounded. You would just never believe that your child would be on a list like that.”
Investigators did not believe the students on the list were ever in any danger, but said the lesson for all students was: words have consequences.
“It could be idle threats, it could be,” Glenn said. “I'm a mother, I don't take well to these threats.”
The teenager accused of writing the list was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of inducing panic. He was released to his parents.
The district recommended him for expulsion. There will be extra police patrols at the school tomorrow, just as a precaution.
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December 20, 2012: Student Arrested In Connection With Alleged Lancaster High School 'Hit List'