Authorities: 8th-grader wrote possible ‘hit list’ at West Lincoln Middle School

Lincoln County sheriff’s detectives said they have identified an eighth-grade student as the writer of a possible “hit list” found Tuesday in the boys’ bathroom at West Lincoln Middle School.

The 15-year-old male student confessed to writing the note and has been suspended from school, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday.

Information turned up during the investigation will be given to the Department of Juvenile Justice with a recommendation the student be prosecuted, the sheriff’s office said.

Meanwhile, a “copycat” note was found at the school Thursday, investigators said. A sixth-grade girl confessed to writing the note and leaving it in the girls’ bathroom “to get attention,” authorities said.

School officials quickly identified the 11-year-old girl, authorities said. Findings by sheriff’s investigators in her case also will be turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice, the sheriff’s office said.

Earlier Thursday, sheriff’s detectives identified the writer of the original supposed hit list left in the boys’ bathroom. The 15-year-old told officials the note was written as a prank.

Investigators were dispatched to the school Tuesday afternoon after students found a note in the bathroom that school officials interpreted as a possible “hit list.” A number of interviews with students were conducted over the past two days, investigators said.

Although the school and sheriff’s office didn’t believe any imminent threat or danger to students existed, sheriff’s detectives and patrol deputies were at the school both days during the investigation.

“School officials and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office worked closely together to ensure the safety of all students and faculty members,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday.

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