Parents of 'Hit List' Student Say Daughter's Facebook Hacked UPDATE: 7:00 PM 9/19/12
CBS 7 News
September 19, 2012
MIDLAND, TX – It all started as a post on Facebook but left a west Texas middle school on edge this morning. What was being considered as a "hit-list" is now under investigation by law enforcement. Fort Stockton middle school with the details and what the girl's mother at the center of this incident has to say.
Parents were met with heavy police presence this morning as they dropped their kids off for class at Fort Stockton middle school. Shortly after, they found out why. According to Fort Stockton Middle School officials, an alleged hit list of students had been circulating via Facebook.
Allegedly the list was produced by a female student who was coming back to school today after being suspended. A Facebook post last night, put parents and students on edge.
"There was gonna be a big surprise at The Middle School today, given the fact that there were already rumors circulating about the possibility of a hit list that sent everyone into somewhat of a panic," said Betty McCallister, Principal, Fort Stockton Middle School.
Administration tell CBS 7 they quickly reacted and called on law enforcement for assistance.
"Had them walking the hallway, and monitoring students and their activities, making sure nothing looked suspicious," said McCallister.
But the female student's mother tells us, this incident is another hit in a past of bullying her daughter is enduring. She says her daughter has been accused of having a gun even a bomb on campus, but police have never proved the allegations.
"There was not a hit list, never will be one, my child even asked the officer what a hit list was," said the female student’s mother.
She says her daughter's Facebook was hacked and the posts were not from her girl. Principal Betty McCallister tells us, social media has been a big headache and parents need to better monitor their children's online activity.
"It’s caused us a lot of problems, that's why we don't let them Facebook at school," said McCallister.
"If your child has a Facebook, make sure you sit with them while they Facebook because I always thought something like this would never happen to my child and in a wink of the eye it happened," said the female student’s mother.
School officials can not confirm the mother's statement about the girls Facebook being hacked. Fort Stockton police have taken over the investigation.
CBS 7 News
September 19, 2012
UPDATE 12:47 PM
School officials we spoke with say things are back to normal on campus. They feel right now, that the students are safe, and the there is no longer concern about the alleged threat.
The parents of the girl in the center of the investigation, say the facebook threats were the result of her facebook bring hacked into, and that that the incident may stem from bullying.
School officials cannot confirm the parents statement at this time.
Fort Stockton police have taken over the investigation.
UPDATE 10:20 AM
Officials with Ft. Stockton ISD say the student has been allowed back on campus and that the school's investigation is now closed.
Ft. Stockton – Ft. Stockton parents are upset after they say a middle school student made terroristic threats on her Facebook page.
Ft. Stockton Pioneer says the student was suspended several weeks ago for allegedly making a “hit list.”
They also say there is a strong law enforcement presence at the middle school right now. The student will not be allowed back at school until the investigation is complete.
We are working to bring you more details at this time. Stay with CBS 7 and CBS7.com for the very latest.