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UPDATED: Thursday September 26, 2013 6:31 PM

Some parents in Newark are on edge after learning their students' school and police have been investigating a possible "hit list.”
 
School officials at Liberty Middle School tell 10TV News they found out about the list of names during the second week of September and passed that information along to Newark police to investigate.
 
School officials say the notes included phrases like “you’re in trouble,” “hope you get your (expletive) beat,” “you should have stayed out of this,” and “I warned you.”
 
But school officials tell 10TV it was about a half dozen names on a possible "hit list" that really worried them.
 
And they were not the only ones.
 
"I think they definitely need to find out who did it,” said Beth Cunningham, a grandparent of a Liberty Middle School eighth-grader.
 
Cunningham says she did not even know about the list and notes until 10TV told her about them.
 
Newark City Schools says Cunningham was not made aware, because the list only contained partial names.

The district says it notified the parents of students who it thought may have been on the list.
 
"I think that was good, but I think they need to take it a little further,” said Cunningham.
 
The district says it did take things further.
 
A spokesperson for the district did not want to talk on camera but issued the following statement:
 
"The list was taken to the building principal, Diane Henry, who immediately began investigating the list. Principal Henry reported the list to the Newark police department, which investigated."
 
Police said that they do not believe the list and notes to be death threats and are no longer investigating.
 
Cunningham says all she wants is for whoever wrote the notes to be expelled from the school.
 
"We have a trouble with gun violence and violence in the schools,” she said. “Our kids are too precious for that."
 
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